Parts of Sellwood will be disrupted by in-street construction of a new water main; here's a progress report

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here looking toward towards Tacoma Street, S.E. 19th Avenue will be the main focus of this extensive water main replacement project, set to begin in May. The Ordinance for replacing 4,800 feet – just under a mile – a of the aging water main under two streets in Sellwood was approved by Portland City Council on March 30.

Called the "S.E. 19th Ave and S.E. Lambert St Water Mains Project", with the price tag of $2,553,920, will replace the water main installed in 1927. "It's had six breaks in the last ten years," Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti told THE BEE.

"The new ductile iron pipe will make Sellwood's water service more reliable, reducing the likelihood of breaks in the future, and it's expected to last at least another hundred years," Cuti said. Additionally the project will also improve neighborhood fire protection by adding six new fire hydrants in the area.

COURTESY PWB - Expect delays and construction equipment along the marked area of this map in Sellwood, this summer. PWB contractors plan to construct this project four to five blocks at a time. The affected areas are:  

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

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

· S.E. Milwaukie Avenue on Lambert Street where it jogs a half block north to/south at Milwaukie Avenue 

Neighbors living along S.E. 19th Avenue and Lambert Street will likely see some pre-construction activities by the Water Bureau, such as surveying, utility locations, and tree work by this month.

"Some neighbors might experience single-day localized water shutoffs while we prepare the water system for upcoming work," reported Cuti. "Neighbors should keep an eye on their front doors for shutoff notices; our crews will be posting lsuch notices at least 24 hours before any shutoff."


Construction is expected to begin in May or June, and hopefully will be ending by the fall.

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