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Sewer construction to close all lanes on SW Vista Avenue from SW Buena Vista Drive to SW Hillcrest Drive June 14 through end of July

Traffic Advisory
A detour will be in effect during construction hours for SW Vista Avenue as crews repair and replace more than two miles of aging sewer pipe. The road will be open during morning and evening peak commute times.

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a sewer construction project will require the closure of SW Vista between SW Buena Vista Drive and SW Hillcrest Drive during daytime for about seven weeks beginning June 14, 2021

The closure will be in effect between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Crews are scheduling the work to allow the road to be open during peak commute times - before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m.

The closure will allow crews to dig a trench and install new sewer pipe and a maintenance access hole.  During non-work hours, crews will cover the pavement with steel plates to allow travel.

Sidewalks will remain open for people walking, bicycling, and rolling. 

A detour will be in place during construction hours that runs along SW Vista Avenue between SW Buena Vista Drive and SW Hillcrest Drive (see map below). The detour allows for TriMet bus line 51, school buses and delivery vehicles to continue service to the neighborhood. Access to SW Vista Avenue and other roads connecting to it will be maintained, although residents may need to use the detour to go around the road closure, depending on the direction they are approaching from.

Please drive slowly, watch for workers in the road, and obey all signs and flaggers.

The work is part of the Goose Hollow Sewer Repair Project which is repairing or replacing up to 13,000 linear feet (more than two and a half miles) of public sewers. 

Many of the existing sewer pipes are 40 to 100 years old and are deteriorating due to age. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses, and streets. More information on the project, as well as a detour map is available on the project website: www.portland.gov/bes/GooseHollow

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. 

Map of SW Vista detour