Woodlawn-King Alleys Sewer Repair Project Update, April 3rd: Construction Activity Begins Next Week

Environmental Services expects to begin construction next week on a project to repair or replace over 15,000 feet (almost 3 miles) of public sewer pipes in your neighborhood that are on average 85 years old and in deteriorating condition. The project will also repair or add more than 2,000 feet of service laterals that connect houses and businesses from the curb to the public sewer in the street. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.


A project map is available on the webpage atwww.portlandoregon.gov/bes/woki.


The city will use a combination of open trench construction and Cured-in-Place-Pipe-lining (CIPP). Details about each construction method are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.


Beginning next week, crews will start replacing small sections of deteriorating sewer pipe to prepare for larger cured-in-place pipe lining (CIPP). Over the next few weeks work will include:

  • Spot repairs on N Williams Avenue / NE Cleveland Avenue Alley between NE Highland and NE Holman streets.
  • A spot repair on N Williams Avenue / NE Cleveland Avenue Alley between NE Ainsworth and NE Jarrett streets.
  • A spot repair on N Williams Avenue / NE Cleveland Avenue Alley between NE Jarrett and NE Jessup streets.
  • A spot repair on N Williams Avenue / NE Cleveland Avenue Alley between NE Jessup and NE Killingsworth streets.
  • Service branch connections located adjacent to each spot repair will also be replaced.


Construction will move from one site to another as work phases are completed, with periods of inactivity between phases. Please be aware that schedules are subject to change due to a variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, traffic impacts and subcontractor and materials availability.



Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday throughFriday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays. The Portland Noise Office approved night work for two locations within the project boundaries. Homes and businesses near these locations will receive a separate notification before night work takes place.



  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Local access to all properties will be maintained, but construction activities may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • On‐street parking will be restricted in and near the work zones to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.



Throughout the design process and leading up to construction, many neighbors contacted us to ask questions, report concerns and provide feedback. Many of you informed us of medical concerns, private events, landscaping or home improvements occurring within the project area. Construction can be inconvenient and disrupt normal daily activity. Your communication will help us reduce our overall impact while performing this necessary work.

FOR MORE INFO: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/wokialleys

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns such as business operations, disability issues, medical or business deliveries or other concerns. We appreciate your communication and want to hear from you.

Rhetta Drennan

Community Outreach ,City of Portland Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Rm. 1000, Portland, OR 97204-1912
Phone: 503-823-6006  Email: Rhetta.Drennan@portlandoregon.gov
Web page: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes