Clackamas County closes 152nd Avenue for reservoir construction
Clackamas County has closed Southeast 152nd Avenue between Highway 212 and Morning Way for nearly a month so Clackamas River Water can work on its 152nd Avenue Reservoir Project.
CRW officials are keeping the public's vehicles off 152nd Avenue because there will be more than 50 dump trucks leaving the area daily with fill dirt being excavated for the new resevoir, which is expected to be completed in late 2019.
CRW's new 6-million-gallon reservoir will be located on 2.4 acres west of 152nd Avenue and Louise Lane, just north of Highway 212/224. The finished concrete reservoir will be mostly buried so that only its roof and upper wall section is visible at ground level for minimal sight-distance impacts to the nearby residential neighborhood.
CRW is looking to improve storage and water distribution within its service area along Highway 212, while expanding storage for distributing water to its south service area across the Carver Bridge. In its north service area, CRW expects the reservoir will create redundant storage to be able to inspect, maintain and repair its Mather Reservoir.
CRW's neighboring water provider, Sunrise Water Authority, should be able to purchase more water after the project is completed. The reservoir project is part of CRW's eight-year, $40 million Backbone Projects being funded by bond sales. Officials say its circular prestressed tank will be constructed in accordance with special engineering standards developed specifically for our earthquake-prone region.
The closure will run from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Friday, May 11. 152nd Avenue will be open to all traffic from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and all day on Sundays. While the road will be closed to through traffic during the day Monday through Saturday, it will remain open to local traffic and emergency vehicles.