Willamette River Crossing construction updates

Capital Improvement Project
Engineering And Design
The project is in the design phase. We completed a geotechnical probe in August 2020 and more studies from January to March 2021. We are currently working with the contractor to refine and solidify construction plans, methods, and timelines to begin construction in early 2023.
This graphic shows the path of the pipe underground. On the west side there will be open trench work and a microtunnel. We will use Direct Pipe to build the pipe under the river, then bore and jack under the railroad. We will install the pipe in a trench near the road surface between SE 3rd and SE 10th Avenues.
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Overview

The Willamette River Crossing Project will build an earthquake-resilient water line under the Willamette River. The improvements we’re making will enhance our water system’s resilience and reduce future risks, ensuring safe and abundant water for generations to come.

On the West side of the river, most construction impacts will take place near South Harbor Drive and South Montgomery, as well as South Waterfront Park.  On the East side of the river, construction will take place along SE Water Avenue close to the PCC Climb Center and OMSI, at SE 3rd Avenue and SE Stephens Street, on SE Stephens Street between SE Grand Boulevard and SE 7th Avenue, along SE 7th Avenue between SE Stephens and Harrison, and on SE Harrison Street between SE 7th and SE 10th Avenues.
The areas affected by upcoming construction are shown in a bold, blue line on the map above.

Learn about the draft construction plan

This project is in the design phase. Our contractor, J.W. Fowler, has submitted a draft of their construction plans—including the project schedule, construction methods, and how to limit impacts to neighbors. We will present this information to neighbors at community meetings and by email in summer and fall 2022. 

Westside Construction Mitigation Plan documents

The following documents provide detail about construction impacts on the west side of the river. We are currently developing additional documents related to work we will do on the eastside and will share those later this summer.

RiverPlace Planned Community meeting (07/25/2022)

The meeting recording is now available.

Recently completed

1720 SW Naito Parkway - ADA Ramp and Stairs Now Open 

We completed repairs to the ADA ramp between S Harbor Drive and SW Naito Parkway in April. The stairway at Southwest Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison Street and Southwest Market Street is now open to the public. We are working with Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Parks and Recreation to re-stripe the southern portion of the lot so that it can be used for parking. The Water Bureau plans to keep the northern portion of the parking lot under our control until the end of our construction phase.

An illustrated map showing the construction location at 1720 SW Naito Parkway between S Harrison and SW Market

Stakeholder outreach to reduce our impacts

We are looking for the community’s expertise on how we might reduce construction impacts and be good neighbors. To gather this expertise, we’ve met with nearby businesses, residents, and property owners, as well as neighborhood associations and area interest groups. We offered an online open house to share information about the project and generate feedback, and we surveyed businesses regarding business access needs. We are using the information collected to help us be better neighbors during construction. You may provide input by emailing us at wrx@portlandoregon.gov or calling and leaving a message at 503-823-7499.

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WRX Project Team

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