Water Resources

Posted on: June 29, 2017

State Street Infrastructure Project

State Street 2017-06-29 Public Notice Aerial Image

The Department of Public Works would like to update you on the status and activities regarding the above referenced project. As a reminder, this project will separate the existing combined sewer in State Street and State Street Extension and bring a new 84” storm drain outfall into back cove near the 295 overpass of Preble Street Extension. The goal of the project is to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) into back cove. The project will also include water-main replacement within State Street, sidewalk and ADA ramp improvements at various locations on State Street, new roadway paving and the rehabilitation of the gravel Deering Oaks Parking lot.

On Wednesday July 5th the City’s contractor, Sargent Corporation, will begin mobilizing to the site and soon after begin the installation of a new storm drain outfall into Back Cove adjacent to the Back Cove Trail parking area on Preble Street Extension. The work from Back Cove across the park area will last approximately 3 weeks before turning onto Preble Street Extension.

Storm drain installation work will enter Preble Street Extension around July 24th. This work will occur at night, and require a portion of Preble Street Extension to be closed at night (7pm to 7am) for approximately 3 weeks. The City will send out a press release closer to the closure date to inform the public of closure and detour route details.

A second Sargent crew will begin work on July 17th to install a new sewer and storm drain up State Street Extension. Work along State Street Extension from Forest Avenue to Park Avenue will occur at night (7pm to 7am). State Street Extension will be closed at night for approximately 2 months to complete this work. The City will send out a press release closer to the closure date to inform the public of closure and detour details.

The project is currently scheduled to begin work on State Street from Park Avenue to Deering Street around August 10th. This work will include construction of a new storm drain, new sewer pipe, new Portland Water District water main, new Unitil gas main, new pavement and ADA ramp improvements. This work is scheduled to last approximately 3 months. During this time State Street will be closed to local traffic only from Park Avenue to Deering Street. Local residents on State Street will be able to access their driveways during this time. The City will send out a press release closer to the closure date to inform the public of closure and detour details.

The overall project is scheduled to reach substantial competition by December 31, 2017 with final roadway paving to occur in the spring of 2018.

Flaggers and representatives from the Portland Police Department will be onsite to assist with traffic flow as needed.

The work and traffic pattern variations will run 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, unless night work is specified. Drivers are encouraged to utilize alternative routes during this period. The roadway will be re-opening for traffic evenings in non-night work areas and will re-open on weekends. Roadways that will be closed for night work will re-open by 7 AM each morning.

Portions of the road where the contractor is working will be posted as “No Parking” as necessary when construction activities warrant it. This is done to protect your vehicles and to make moving around the site safer for the contractor as there will be a lot of construction activity.

This notice will serve as a final reminder that once State Street and State Street Extension have been final paved in the spring of 2018 the road will be placed under a 5 year moratorium which will substantially increase the cost of replacing a utility service in the street. Please contact Justin Pellerin at Public Works for more information.

Trash and recycling pickup for all streets will remain the same. Please make sure both trash and recycling are at your curb by 6:00 AM as collection times may vary due to the construction.

Larry Bastian and Grant Kern of Gorrill Palmer will be serving as the City’s Inspector and will be onsite daily. I also plan on being on the site daily. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences that this construction may cause and thank you for your patience during this period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself at 874-8828 or catch Larry or Grant onsite during the day.

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