Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project

By Matthew Gough

To accommodate public sewer construction North Vancouver Avenue between Russell and Hancock streets, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will continue to detour traffic away from the construction zone Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Travelers trying to reach a home or business in the closed area are allowed to drive past closure points, but should expect delays. The detour is expected to continue through May 2019.

Overnight sewer construction on Martin Luther King Boulevard is scheduled through May 2019. Crews will be connecting new public sewer pipes to manholes at six locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Brazee and Tillamook streets. Work at each location is expected to take between 5 and 10 days to complete.

When additional crews become available, neighbors can also expect sewer construction in additional locations and other ongoing activities including inspecting and cleaning sewer pipes, surveying, marking and relocating utilities, and manhole maintenance.


Through the summer of 2019, Environmental Services will continue a project to replace or repair approximately 10,000 feet of public sewer pipes in the southern part of the Eliot Neighborhood. These pipes are deteriorating due to age or are undersized for the sewer and stormwater flows in this area.

The project also includes constructing eight green street planters on public streets in key locations. These green street planters will divert 1.9 million gallons of stormwater annually from the sewer system, helping reduce the possibility of overflows into the river, basement backups, and street flooding during periods of heavy rains.

To learn more about the project, where crews are currently working, or to sign up for email updates, visit portlandoregon.gov/bes/Eliot. You may also contact Matt Gough, Community Outreach for City of Portland Environmental Services by email, matthew.gough@portlandorgon.gov, or by phone at(503) 823-5352.

Thank you for your patience during this important work.