Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project

Sewer and Stormwater
The Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project is repairing or replacing aging sewer pipes in the Goose Hollow and Southwest Hills Residential League neighborhoods. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets.
Construction began in November 2020 and will take up to two years to complete.
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Project Area

The project is generally bounded by W Burnside Street to the north, SW Talbot Terrace to the south, Hwy 26 to the west, and I-405 to the south.  See the map for work locations. 

Map of the Goose Hollow Project area with work locations marked
Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project Map

What's Happening Now

Over the next few weeks, crews are performing video inspections, conducting spot repairs, and performing general cleanup in preparation for project completion.

The Rest of this Week

Crews will work during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

  • SW Morrison Street between SW 20th Avenue and SW 18th Avenue – CCTV video inspections.
  • SW Mill Street Terrace north of Highway 26; roadway north of highway 26 and SW Mill Street Terrace – spot repairs. Note: local access for residents on SW Mill Street Terrace will be maintained, however there may be delays as crews move equipment.

Week of August 15

Crews will work during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday performing general project cleanup throughout the project area.

Week of August 22

Crews will work during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Monday through Friday performing general project cleanup throughout the project area.

Extreme Heat

When high temperatures and extreme heat are in the weather forecast, crews may adjust schedules to protect workers from the dangers of heat stress. When working in extreme weather environments, all City workers, contractors, and subcontractors must follow Oregon’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates and Environmental Services’ Heat Illness Safety and Health Plan. You may see crews taking more frequent water and rest breaks, stopping work at noon, and taking other protective measures during this week’s extreme heat.

What to Expect During Construction

We want you to be safe around the work site. Please keep children, pets, bikes, cars, and trucks away from the tools, machines, supplies, and construction workers. A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a hard hat and safety vest with “City of Portland” on the back. 

Noise, Vibration, and Dust: Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity. 

Traffic Delays: The work will slow down traffic in your neighborhood. Please read the traffic signs and follow directions from the workers with flags. 

Access to Your Home or Business: You will be able to go to your home or business, but you may not be able to park as close as you would like. We will try to make sure driveways and parking lot entrances stay open, but this may not always be possible. 

Parking Restrictions: We want you to be safe, so you may not be able to park your car next to work spaces, equipment, or materials. If crews are working directly in front of your home or a business, you may need to park in another place. 

Equipment Storage: Sometimes we will leave tools, machines, and supplies on your street overnight. Please stay away from them. 

Maintained Service: You can still use sewer, water, and other services while we work on your street. 

Work Hours: Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Sometimes we work on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Schedule Changes and Inactivity: Our work schedules can change for many reasons like weather, traffic, and problems with equipment. 

We Want to Hear From You

We would like to hear from you about special events, school activities, and community services in your neighborhood you think may be impacted by this project. Also, we want to know if you have any concerns related to business operations, disability or mobility issues, medical or business deliveries, and proposed night work. Your input will help us minimize the impact to your neighborhood during construction. 

Call 503-865-6492, stating that Goose Hollow is your area of concern. Outreach staff will return your call by the next business day. You can also email April Hasson with JLA Public Involvement at

Project Background

The project scheduled for your neighborhood is part of the city’s program to maintain and upgrade the public sewer system. In the early 1900s, when Portland was growing rapidly, the city built hundreds of miles of sewers. Since most sewer pipes have a lifespan of about 100 years, Portland is now facing an urgent need to modernize our aging system.   

Environmental Services has launched a large-scale effort to repair or replace the highest priority pipes throughout the city. Your neighborhood will experience a temporary disruption but will benefit from the improved infrastructure.  

The city is replacing aging and deteriorating sewer pipes with modern materials. These materials are more resistant to blockages than the materials used 80 to 100 years ago. The updates will provide a safe, efficient, and reliable sewer system for your neighborhood and the city. 

Projects Nearby

Lower Northwest Sewer and Stormwater Project, Downtown-Oldtown Sewer Repair Program, Hillsdale Crest Sewer Repair Project

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