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Bull Run Filtration Construction Activity

Engineering And Design
The Portland Water Bureau is building a new water filtration facility and pipelines that will be key components of a more resilient water system. The filtration facility and pipelines are needed to meet federal and state drinking water regulations and will be in operation by Sept. 30, 2027.
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We are working to build the new water filtration facility and pipelines as safely and efficiently as possible. During the current phases of construction, work includes: surveying project limits for the facility and pipelines, coordinating with other utilities, clearing and grubbing work areas, and completing roadway improvements described in the land use permit conditions of approval. We also expect site preparation work to start at the facility site this spring. 

Current Activity 

We're preparing for construction by making improvements to designated local roads in the project area. This includes work along parts of Carpenter Lane, Cottrell Road, Dodge Park Boulevard, Altman Road, Lusted Road, and Hosner Road to help make sure there is safe access for construction traffic and other road users.  

Map with orange areas identifying planned work along parts of Carpenter, Cottrell, Lusted, and Hosner.
Initial work to prepare for construction includes improvements to designated project area roads.

Upcoming Activity

Updated information about the planned schedule of construction activities will be shared here as available.  
ActivityImpactExpected Timeframe
Survey of existing public right-of-way and/or private propertyStaff on footIntermittent/ongoing
Tree removal and trimmingTemporary lane closures where work is occurring, sound impacts typically ranging from 75 to 90 decibels when at least 15 ft from equipment (similar to the sound of a medium-sized tractor)May/June 2024
Roadway improvements along parts of Altman Road, Lusted Road, and Hosner RoadTemporary traffic controls and lane closuresSummer 2024
Roadway improvements along parts of Carpenter Lane, Cottrell Road, and Dodge Park BoulevardTemporary traffic controls and lane closuresSpring/Summer 2024
Site preparation work at facility and pipeline locationsConstruction traffic Spring/Summer 2024

Prioritizing Safety 

We're taking care to prioritize safety for both the community and workers. This includes a safety first philosophy in construction work zones, using appropriate traffic controls when work is occurring in the right-of-way, and ongoing communication to provide notice of construction activities to neighbors and commuters. 

Stay safe near work zones

Work zones play a crucial role by providing a safe area for workers and a safe route for all road users. We ask the community to be aware and play an active role in keeping work zones safe.

Remember when you're near a work zone to slow down, be alert, and proceed with caution.
  • Slow down and stay alert: Slow down and avoid tailgating. Speed is a major factor in crashes. Be alert to changing traffic patterns and congestion.
  • Obey warning signs and traffic controls: Follow work zone warnings, traffic control signs, and flaggers. They are there for your safety and signs apply to everyone traveling through – whether the person is walking, biking, rolling or driving. 
  • Keep a safe distance: Stay clear of equipment and crews at work. When possible carefully move over to give workers more room between them and your vehicle. 
  • Use an alternate route when possible: When you can, avoid roads with posted work zones. 
  • Expect delays and be kind: Our goal is to move people through our work zone safely, while also completing our construction work efficiently. We appreciate your understanding. 

Good Neighbor Commitment

We're committed to being a good neighbor throughout the life of the Bull Run Filtration Project. This includes ongoing outreach to share information about project progress and invite feedback. We also used input from the community to develop a Good Neighbor Agreement that will help make sure neighbors’ concerns are considered through design and construction and into ongoing operations. 

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Construction Contracting

MWH-Kiewit (a joint venture with MWH Constructors and Kiewit) is the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the filtration facility.

Bull Run Conveyance Partners (a joint venture with James W. Fowler Co. and MWH Constructors) is the CM/GC for the pipelines. 

Visit the construction workforce webpage to learn more about sub-contracting opportunities.