Construction began in late June 2023 and is anticipated until November 2024.
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What's Happening Now?
All work is weather dependent, and the schedule below is subject to change.
Week of November 27 and December 4
- S Laview Drive north of Taylor's Ferry Road -- Crews will repair the sewer mainline using open trench excavation. They will also repair a couple lateral pipes and build a new maintenance hole. Detours will be in place on Laview Drive.
What to Expect During Construction
You may see crews working in your neighborhood to prepare for and perform sewer construction. Common activities include inspecting and cleaning sewers, marking the location of utilities, moving equipment and materials to the project area, tree trimming, vegetation removal, setting up traffic control, as well as pipe repair and/or replacement.
The City's contractors take care to keep noise, dust, vibration, odor, traffic delays, parking restrictions, and other potential construction nuisances to a minimum.
Private Belongings in the Right-of-Way
To construct the sewer extensions, crews will need to access and work in the public right-of-way — specifically between the curb and the edge of the sidewalk up to your property line. Anything belonging to you that is located in the right-of-way may be disturbed by construction, including irrigation systems, hard landscaping (stone, brick, pavers, garden boxes, retaining walls, or other construction materials), soft landscaping (trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, grass, bark, etc.), and other amenities. Please remove any items you wish to keep before crews get there. If the contractor finds items in the right-of-way that conflict with construction, crews will remove and dispose of the items.
If construction disturbs these kinds of items, the city cannot restore or replace them. However, once construction is complete, they will repair or replace sidewalks, driveway aprons, and curbs as needed. The city will also replace topsoil and grass seed in the planting strip, and any street trees that were removed.
Portland Noise Office
Construction 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 both extended days and weekends.
The Portland Noise Office is in the process of reviewing the noise variance application.
We Want to Hear from You
We would like to hear from you about special events, school activities, and community services in the neighborhood that 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 construction impacts to your neighborhood.
We encourage you to:
- Project Webpage: Visit this project webpage for details and weekly updates.
- Email Updates: To receive email or text message updates for this project, we encourage you to sign up now. Updates provided through our free GovDelivery subscription service are the best way to stay informed about what’s happening and what to expect. You can also sign up for bulletins on other projects and topics.
- Questions: Call the message line at 503-865-6492, stating that South Portland – Burlingame Sewer Projectis your project of concern. Outreach staff will return your call by the next business day.
- Sewer Emergency: In the event of a sewer backup or basement flooding, call the City Maintenance hotline immediately at 503-823-1700. It is staffed all hours and all days, 24/7.
Environmental Services will use both trenchless and open trench excavation methods for South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Project. Construction methods are noted on the project map. Some will require digging trenches. Others will replace pipes through manholes or access pits to reduce disruption to the neighborhood.
- Open Trench: The contractor excavates a trench, installs a new pipe, fills in the trench, and restores the disturbed pavement.
- Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) Lining: Through a manhole, the contractor inserts a flexible liner into the old pipe. The liner hardens, creating a new interior lining.
- Pipe Bursting: The contractor pushes a bursting head into the sewer line to break apart the existing pipe while pulling a new pipe into place behind it.
- Jack and Bore: The contractor will drill a hole horizontally underground to install a new pipe where one was not one before.
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 its 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.
We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation while we complete this important infrastructure work.
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