City Council seeks bids for new Sellwood water main
The long-planned replacement water main in Sellwood â€“ along S.E. 19th Avenue, from Marion to Lambert Streets â€“ 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 forÂ bid solicitationsÂ for the 'S.E. Lambert and 19thÂ Water Main Replacement Project', to replace 4,800 feet â€“ just under a mile â€“ of an aging water main pipe. The existing water main was installed in 1927,Â and has had six breaks in the last ten years," remarked Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti. "This newÂ ductile iron pipeÂ will makeÂ Sellwood'sÂ water service more reliable â€“ reducingÂ the likelihood of breaks in the future â€“ and isÂ expected to last at least another 100 years.Â The project also improves neighborhoodÂ fire protection, adding sixÂ new fire hydrants along the way," Cuti told THE BEE.
PWB contractors plan to build out this project three to fourÂ blocks at a time to minimize resident disruptions; likely in these segments:Â Â
· S.E. 19th Avenue from Marion Street to Lambert StreetÂ
· S.E. Lambert Street from 19th to Milwaukie AvenueÂ
· S.E. Milwaukie Avenue from Lambert Street to Lambert Street (Lambert Street jogs a half block north/south at SE Milwaukie Avenue)Â
"The project is currently being designed; the design process will continue throughÂ 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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