Construction Update 6/5/18

Construction continues on the project in the First Addition Neighborhood. Emery is currently working on installing storm lines on 7th Street and D Avenue, and water line service connections on 1st Street. Soon, crews will start working on the storm lines on 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues. NW Natural is also working in multiple block segments on D Avenue to relocate their gas main.

Safety is by far our first priority. Thank you to neighbors, pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic for avoiding the active work zones and closed areas during work hours. Construction sites are busy places with lots of moving equipment, open trenches and deliveries of materials. Please continue to use another side street or alley to get to your destination, and abide by the traffic control signage. This is to maintain the safety of all.

NW Natural Gas Relocation Continues

NW Natural Gas continues to relocate their gas main on D Avenue. This relocation has been slow. As a result, Emery continues to shift their work plan, as most of NW Natural’s relocation work needs to be completed before the major road reconstruction work can take place along D Avenue.

We continue to coordinate with NW Natural. For concerns or questions regarding this work, including potential temporary gas service shut-offs, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or

Major Utility Work Underway

Crew 1 has been working on the new storm line along 7th Street, between B and D Avenues. [Pictured below: Emery backfills the trench on 7th Street near C Avenue, after installing new storm line.]

This work is expected to be complete by tomorrow. Crew 1 will then move to 8th Street at D Avenue and progress north towards E Avenue installing a new storm line.  8th Street between D and E Avenues is expected to be closed during work hours for up to two weeks.

Crew 2 continues to install the new storm line on D Avenue, currently working between 7th Street and 9th Street with temporary rolling road closures in place. They expect to be at 10th Street by the end of the week. From here, Crew 2 plans to move to 9th Street between D and E Avenues to install a new storm line.

Work is almost complete on the water line for 1st Street between E and D Avenues. This week, Crew 3 will be working on testing and chlorinating the new line, and installing water services. During this time, there will be some minor water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for short durations). Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger. This work should be wrapped up by June 15.

Overall Work Plan

Given NW Natural’s progress with the gas line relocation, the full 24/7 road closures for D Avenue (and part of 1st Street during paving) won’t likely be in place until late July. We will provide more information once the date is known. This closure is expected to be in place for up to two months.

For more information about the overall work plan, visit our project schedule page.

LOCAL ACCESS ONLY – What Does That Mean?

If you are a resident in the neighborhood, or have driven through the area recently, you’ve probably come across one of the road closure signs that says “road closed to thru traffic local access only”.

You are only considered “local” if you live on the street within the closed area and need to get into the immediate area, not through it. This includes residents who live on the closed street, emergency vehicles, visitors, babysitters, landscape workers, garbage and recycling vehicles or deliveries. Everyone else is considered “thru traffic” (including other neighborhood residents and traffic) and must take another route to get to their destination.

So that everyone stays safe, please obey the signage and allow extra time to get around the neighborhood. If people continue to cut-through the work zones, police will be conducting extra patrols.

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

With all the work taking place in the neighborhood, please be alert, drive safely, choose another route or plan ahead for travel delays.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates.

For more information about what to expect during construction, review the latest newsletter or contact the project team.