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Sandy Boulevard Sewer and Stormwater Project

Sewer and Stormwater
Environmental Services is designing a project to install and upsize public sewer pipes within the Kerns neighborhood and a small portion of the Buckman neighborhood. These improvements will increase sewer capacity, relieve sewer backups, and reduce street flooding.
Construction is currently expected to begin January 2025 and take up to two years to complete.
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Project Area

This project will upsize main sewer pipe between the intersections of NE 29th Avenue & NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 12th Avenue & NE Davis Street.  In addition, the project will repair or upgrade sewer pipe just north and south of NE Davis and NE Sandy Boulevard between NE 10th Avenue and NE 28th Avenue.  

Sandy Sewer and Stormwater Project Work Locations

What's Happening Now

Work crews will be in the project area to perform investigative activities. Activities include site visits and evaluation, survey, soil sampling, utility locates, pipe cleaning and inspection. Some investigative activities will require restricting parking and closing travel lanes. The traveling public should expect minor traffic delays. Information gathered will help determine repair locations, stormwater management methods, and how to minimize construction impacts to residents and businesses. Learn more about pre-construction activities.

Proposed Night Work

Due to high traffic volume on NE Sandy Boulevard and 20th Avenue during the day, Environmental Services is proposing to work up to 25 nights at this intersection to reduce public impacts and complete work as quickly as possible. Nighttime hours will be between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. Crews may work on Saturday and Sunday if needed. 

Portland Noise Code allows construction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work after 6 p.m., before 7 a.m., and all hours on Sundays requires a noise variance from the Portland Noise Office. This project will apply for a noise variance to enable the contractor to work nights at the intersection of NE Sandy Boulevard and 20th Avenue.

Night Work Construction Method

Crews will use open trench excavation to complete night work. Construction will require the use of trucks, excavators, loaders, generators, pumps, saws, paving equipment, and lighting for crews to work when it’s dark. Go to to learn more.

Submit Comments to Noise Office

Your comments about the proposed night work are valuable. Please submit your comments to the Portland Noise Office at or call 503-823-7350 by Monday, April 1, 2024.  You may also email Matt Gough at or call 503-823-5352.

We Want to Hear from You

Environmental Services would like to hear from you about special events, school activities, and community services in your neighborhood you think might be affected by this project. Also, we want to know if you have any concerns related to business operations, disability or mobility issues, or medical or business deliveries. Your input will help us design a successful project that minimizes the impact to your neighborhood during construction.

For More Information

We will inform residents and businesses about project activities and respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner. We encourage you to:

  • Visit this project webpage regularly for updates. 
  • With questions or comments, please contact Matt Gough by email or phone 503-823-5352.
  • If you have a question or concern, please be sure to include your name, property address, and project name (Sandy Sewer Project) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property.
  • If your basement sewer backs up or your property or street floods, please report it immediately to the City’s Maintenance Operations hotline at 503-823-1700. It is staffed 24/7, all hours and all days.

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