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Posted on: March 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Motley Street Storm Drain and Sewer Replacement Project

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to provide a status update regarding the Motley Street Storm Drain and Sewer Replacement project.

The project was successfully bid and the construction contract has been awarded to Gorham Sand and Gravel at a contract price of $369,900.00. The project is anticipated to begin within the first two weeks of April and last approximately two months.

The project will replace the street’s existing vitrified clay sanitary sewer which was originally constructed in the 1920’s.
The sewer line has recently been inspected and the City has determined that it is in need of replacement. The project will also install a new separated storm drain system which will collect stormwater flows and act as an underdrain for the street. The stormwater flows from the proposed project will be conveyed into the separated storm drain system within Brighton Avenue. At the end of the project, Motley Street will get reconstructed and repaved. 

The Portland Water District will also be replacing house water service lines to each residence on Motley Street from the main in the street to the water service box shutoff typically located near the City’s property line.
The attached map will assist in defining the project boundaries.

Project work will typically run from 7:00am to 7:00pm during the project. The contractor will be required to keep driveway access open to all driveways unless it is necessary to close in order to complete a section of the work. If the contractor needs to interrupt driveway access sufficient notice will be given prior to the disruption.

During the project the streets will be posted “No Parking” as necessary during construction activities. This is done to protect your vehicles and to make moving around the site easier and safer for the contractor. We restrict parking only when absolutely necessary, so please make sure you read the signs. Vehicles will be towed if in violation. If your vehicles can’t be parked off the road we would suggest you park on one of the adjacent streets and walk to your home. You will have access to driveways on a daily basis. The contractor will be stockpiling necessary materials for the project along the side of the road within the City right of way. The contractor will be using heavy equipment during the project.

We ask you to use caution when driving through the work zones and be aware of equipment and personnel for the safety of all.

Drivers and residents should expect lane closures and traffic delays on all project streets during construction hours. Please be sure to check the City’s website regularly for project traffic updates.

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.

This notice shall serve as an official 60 day notice that the following streets will be under the City’s 5 year paving moratorium following the completion of the project.

The following streets will get final surfacing pavement installed in September of 2020 and enter the program:

• Motley Street from Brighton Avenue to the end of the street.

Once the moratorium is in place it will be substantially more expensive to obtain a City street opening permit and excavate into the street. It is important to note that the project will be replacing all sanitary sewer house sewer pipes and Portland Water District house service lines from the new main in the street to the property line of each residence along Motley Street.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Justin Pellerin. He can be reached at 212 Canco Road, Suite B, Portland Maine, 04103, 874-8828 or

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