Water Resources

Posted on: December 27, 2017

Bedford St Sewer Separation Neighborhood Meeting

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to discuss
the design of the above referenced project. The attached map will assist in defining the project
boundaries. The project is intended to help the City with their efforts to prevent Combined Sewer
Overflows (CSO) into Back Cove as part of the City’s long term CSO reduction agreement with the

The meeting is scheduled to be held in the King Middle School Library on Thursday January 4, 2018
at 6:00 PM. The meeting should last about an hour. Please join us to receive a verbal description of
what the project intends to achieve.

This project will separate the existing combined sewer in the street to a separate sanitary sewer and
stormwater drain. The sanitary sewage will continue to the wastewater treatment plant while the
stormwater will tie into new storm drains to be installed in Bedford Street, Durham Street, Forest
Avenue, Baxter BLVD, Deerfield Road and Belmeade Road before ultimately discharging into Back
Cove. The project is being designed by Sebago Technics and will include the following components:
new sanitary sewer and sewer laterals to the property line (Bedford and Durham Streets only), new
storm drain and storm drain laterals to the property line if requested and approved, and new catch basins.

As part of the design we are asking if you have a sump pump, internal roof drains or related storm
drainage issues. The City may install a storm drain lateral that could be used to separate your roof
drains or sump pump from the City's sanitary sewer if it is currently connected. I have attached a brief
questionnaire that I would appreciate being filled out. You may either bring it with you to the meeting or
send it to me at Public Works.

The Portland Water District has also expressed an interest in replacement of the water main and services
in the project area that will be incorporated into the project.

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise you to coordinate, prior to the work on this street, any
underground utility work within the street right-of-way (either repairs, changes, or connections) which
will affect your property.

The principal types of utility work which concern us are outlined below:
a) Termination of natural gas service
b) Installation of natural gas service
c) Repair or replacement of sanitary sewer building connections
d) Repair or replacement of storm water drain building connections
e) Construction of a new building or structure resulting in the need to connect to all utilities
f) Replacement of water service
g) Installation of water fire service

h) In areas of subdivisions within the City, served by a total underground utility system, all
utility connections (gas, power, telephone, public cable, etc.) would be involved.

Please make all repairs, changes or connections to the underground utility system before this street is
paved, thereby avoiding excavation of our new pavement. Please note: after paving, the cost of a
street opening permit for excavation work in the street will increase significantly.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss this project. If you are unable to attend the meeting
please feel free to send written comments with a neighbor or mail them to Justin Pellerin at 55
Portland Street, Portland, ME 04101.  Justin can be reached by phone 874-8828. If Justin is not available Senior Project Engineer Brad
Roland is also available at 874-8840.

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