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Replacing the motor control centers at the Barbur Gibbs Pump Station

Water System Improvement Construction
Upcoming
The Water Bureau is replacing three motor control centers in the Barbur Gibbs pump station. The motor control centers were installed in the 1960s and have reached the end of their useful life. The motor control center encases the electrical starters that control, monitor and protect the pump motors.
Fall 2021 to Winter 2022
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a map showing the construction site of the Barbur Gibbs Pump Station at the end of SW Gibbs Street, near the Ross Island Bridge
Construction will take place at the Barbur Gibbs Pump Station, marked with a red star on this map.

Project overview

The Water Bureau is hiring a contractor to replace three motor control centers in the Barbur Gibbs Pump Station. The equipment was installed in the 1960s and has since declined. Additionally, higher safety requirements have been implemented since the equipment was installed. After installing the new motor control centers, the contractor will perform a final electrical study to ensure the equipment is running smoothly.

Why

Inspections show that the pump station's motor control centers have reached the end of their useful life and need to be replaced to improve safety and station reliability. This project is an investment in our water system to make it stronger, more flexible, and better prepared for challenges.

When

Work hours are usually Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm. Work may be postponed if staffing or resource availability changes due to current events. Employees and contractors will continue to follow all safe work zone and social distancing measures.

Where

Barbur Gibbs Pump Station, 3239 SW Third Ave, Portland, OR 97201 (Intersection of Southwest Gibbs St and Southwest Barbur Blvd Frontage Road)

What to expect

  • Work hours are usually Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm.

  • Street parking may be limited. We may need to leave some equipment overnight.

  • Mail, garbage, and delivery services will have access.

  • Work may cause noise, dust, and traffic delays.

  • This work will not disrupt your water service.

What's happening now

The Water Bureau has ordered the necessary parts for the replacement project. Once the parts arrive, construction is expected to begin in Fall 2021.

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