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PMG PHOTOS: BILL GALLAGHER - Crews returned to Multnomah Village on Monday, April 6 to foinsih the paving wrok begun in 2019.Road crews are back at work in Multnomah Village, finishing up a job that began last year.

The SW Capitol Highway Pavement Rehabilitation Project resumed Monday, April 6 in front of Thinker Toys. Work along Capitol Highway between Multnomah Boulevard and Southwest Texas Street will last five weeks.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation called an audible due to current circumstances related to the coronavirus.

"Prior to the current Covid-19 state of emergency, the intersection reconstruction at SW Capitol Highway and 35th Avenue was scheduled as nighttime work. In the interest of the health and safety of our contracted crews, this work will instead be completed during the day," according to a release from PBOT.

Before the coronavirus crisis, crews were planning to work at night to minimize the disruption in Multnomah Village. The current plan is for daytime work with the possibility of some night and weekend work.Unexpected difficulties kept crews from finishing the project in 2019. The schedule for the current work shows it wrapping up by May 5.

"Contractors will reconstruct the intersection at SW Capitol Highway at 35th Avenue and then grind and pave SW Capitol Highway from 32nd Avenue to Texas Street. The construction is weather dependent and is proceeding with modifications to allow for social distancing and the safety of crew members," according to PBOT.

The project budget is $1,700,000 with some money coming from Fixing Our Streets. On May 19 Portland voters will be asked to renew the dime a gallon gas tax for Fixing Our Streets.

Sewer repair work on old pipes along Capitol Highway that's part of the Hillsdale South Sewer Repair project will be done at the same time.

"This project will repair or replace approximately 820 feet of 80-year-old public sewer pipes along SW Capitol Highway between SW 35th Avenue and SW Texas Street. The project will also repair or replace ten lateral pipes that connect adjacent buildings to the public sewer," according to the Bureau of Environmental Services.

With both projects there will be some work done on weekends and at night.

For the latest information on the paving work see www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/676333 For the sewer work see www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/734428

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