NE 43rd and NE Irving Green Street and Sewer Project

Sewer and Stormwater
Environmental Services is designing a project in the Laurelhurst and North Tabor neighborhoods to repair sewer pipes and construct green street planters to manage stormwater runoff from streets and roofs. This project will relieve basement sewer backup risk and reduce street flooding in the area.
Project design continues. Construction is anticipated to begin in June of 2024 and take up to six months to complete.
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Project Area

The approved green street planter and curb extension locations are illustrated on this map.

NE 43rd and NE Irving Green Street and Sewer Project area

What's Happening Now

Environmental Services has nearly completed design for this green street and sewer project. Design was extended beyond the anticipated timeline earlier this year due to new ADA curb ramp requirements from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and a nonconforming sewer line within the project area that requires a new service connection to the mainline public sewer. 

Because construction of the green street planters should be done in drier months when there is a reduced volume of stormwater drainage on the street, Environmental Services has shifted the schedule for construction to begin in June 2024. Summertime construction will also avoid conflicts with Portland Public School children walking and biking to school in the neighborhood. 

We Want to Hear from You

Please let us know if you have a concern or question about this project. Be sure to include your name, property address, and project name (NE 43rd and Irving) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write “NE 43rd and Irving” in the subject line of your email.

What to Expect

Learn more about what to expect during sewer and stormwater construction projects. 

Extreme Weather

When high temperatures, extreme heat, near freezing temperatures, or extreme cold are in the weather forecast, crews may adjust schedules to protect workers from the dangers of heat stress and cold 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 and its Cold Stress 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 extreme weather.

Project Background

This project will not upsize portions of the public sewer main line to increase its capacity to handle combined sewer and stormwater. Instead, it will construct green street planters to reduce the flow of stormwater into the piped sewer system. These improvements will relieve basement sewer backup risks at 22 private properties and reduce the risk of street flooding at four maintenance access hole locations.

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This project will help protect the health of the Willamette River Watershed.


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