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Sellwood needs a new stretch of water main -- and the City Council is now seeking bids for the job. Here's the update

DAVID F. ASHTON - Look for contractors to be measuring, marking, and eventually building a new water main along S.E. 19th Avenue; it will cross under this intersection at Tacoma Street. The long-planned replacement water main in Sellwood – along S.E. 19th Avenue, from Marion to Lambert Streets – came closer to reality when the Portland City Council turned to looking for bids for it, in their September 15th session.

"Under consideration is authorization for bid solicitations for the 'S.E. Lambert and 19th Water Main Replacement Project', to replace 4,800 feet – just under a mile – of an aging water main pipe. The existing water main was installed in 1927, and has had six breaks in the last ten years," remarked Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti. "This new ductile iron pipe will make Sellwood's water service more reliable – reducing the likelihood of breaks in the future – and is expected to last at least another 100 years. The project also improves neighborhood fire protection, adding six new fire hydrants along the way," Cuti told THE BEE.

PWB-PROVIDED DIAGRAM - As soon as late 2021, construction may begin on a new water main, on the streets shown, in Sellwood. PWB contractors plan to build out this project three to four blocks at a time to minimize resident disruptions; likely in these segments:  

 

· S.E. 19th Avenue from Marion Street to Lambert Street 

· S.E. Lambert Street from 19th to Milwaukie Avenue 

· S.E. Milwaukie Avenue from Lambert Street to Lambert Street (Lambert Street jogs a half block north/south at SE Milwaukie Avenue) 

 

"The project is currently being designed; the design process will continue through 2021. Then, construction is expected to begin in late fall 2021 or early winter 2022," Cuti disclosed. THE BEE will keep an eye on the progress of this project.


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