Construction Update 6/21/18

Major Utility Work Almost Complete

Most of the major utility work on potions of 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets is complete. Over the next two weeks, crews will be making some minor adjustments to manholes, catch basin inlets and conducting other miscellaneous activities. Final restoration of these side streets is expected to occur in mid-July.

Emery is targeting to have all the major pipe in the ground along D Avenue, including new laterals, inlets, manholes etc., by the end of June. [Pictured below: crews install a new storm line and manholes in the intersection of D Avenue and 10th Street earlier this week.]

During the week of Fourth of July, Emery plans to have a small crew working on consolidating rock piles, conducting televised inspections of storm lines and doing miscellaneous clean-up work in preparation for the major street work. In observance of Independence Day, no work will take place on July 4.

NW Natural Gas has finished relocating their gas main, and is progressing with the service connections. We expect this work to be complete by the end of next week. For questions regarding this work, please contact Rich Girard on 503-226-4211 or

Water Line Repair Begins Next Week

Now that the new storm line has been installed between 7th and 10th Street on D Avenue and is in service, City crews can start repairing the water line in the intersection of 8th Street and D Avenue. Crews expect to start on Monday, June 25 and take about a week to complete the repair. 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. Temporary road closures will be in place during this work. Check out the road closures page for daily road closures.

Next Steps: Street Excavation

Emery’s goal is to start the major street excavation work along D Avenue in mid-July. This will result in full 24/7 road closures on D Avenue for up to two months. We will provide more information once the date is known. Crews will likely begin implementing the rolling closures at 1st Street, working west towards 10th.

1st Street between D and E Avenues will also be closed temporarily during the first base lift of paving. Once all the major street work is done and D Avenue is ready to be paved, 1st Street will receive the final top lift of asphalt.

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

Other News

Daily Road Closure Information

Unfortunately, with the nature of the work occurring and the number of crews operating during this phase of the project, road closures in the project area change on a daily basis. We understand this is frustrating for everyone in the neighborhood and we appreciate your patience.

For those interested in finding out more about what roads are closed each work day, we’ve set up a new “road closures” page that you can access through the project website. We will aim to update the information on this page once we get confirmation from the crews working that day.

The City is also in the process of setting up an agency/organization account with Nextdoor, an online neighborhood forum, where we can then provide targeted information to the First Addition neighborhood regarding the daily closures. Once this is set-up, we will post the daily closures there as well.

Alleyway Maintenance

The City is acquiring a piece of equipment that will allow our Public Works crews to improve the surface of the alleys by grading out potholes and redressing the alleys on an annual basis. The City will be regrading all the alleys surrounding the D Avenue project area as soon as the major project related work is complete and D Avenue is repaved.  The alley work is tentatively scheduled to take place later this fall.

 Garbage Collection

To ensure garbage collection is maintained for all residents in the neighborhood while the project is underway, Republic Services is temporarily starting their collection rounds an hour earlier (5 a.m.). Emery is also starting work an hour later on Fridays, to minimize any conflicts with project crews and collection services.

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.