Construction Update 5/22/18

There is a lot of activity taking place in the project area right now. Emery and Sons Construction Group (Emery) is now working on installing storm lines on 7th Street and D Avenue, and a water line on 1st Street. NW Natural is also working in multiple block segments on D Avenue to relocate their gas main.

Important Safety Reminders

Safety is by far our first priority. This is an important reminder to vehicular traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and neighbors: please avoid accessing 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 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.

LOCAL ACCESS ONLY – What Does That Mean?

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.

Tree and Brush Removal Continues

Crews have started removing some trees, shrubs and brush located in the work zones. This work is now expected to continue for another two weeks. During this time, crews will also trim tree branches that are overhanging into the right-of-way in areas where the contractor needs additional clearance.

NW Natural Gas Relocation

NW Natural Gas is now working on relocating their gas main on D Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets. This relocation has been slower than originally anticipated. 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 Progressing

Last night, Crew 1 finished installing the storm line on 1st Street between D and E Avenues (pictured below). The intersection at E Avenue and 1st Street is now back open, but 1st Street will remain closed between D and E Avenues as a third crew will be working to install the water line. This work is expected to continue for another two weeks.

There will be some minor anticipated water service interruptions (temporary shut-offs for 1 hour approx.). These will take place on 1st Street when crews switch over the water services to the new line. Impacted neighbors will be notified in advance via a door hanger.

Today, Crew 1 is moving to the corner of 7th Street and B Avenue to begin installing the storm line on 7th. The intersection at B and 7th remains open, but the road is closed on 7th Street between B and C Avenues. This work will progress north towards D Avenue over the next few weeks.

Crew 2 is making good progress installing the storm line on D Avenue. They moved across the intersection of 5th Street yesterday, and are now working between 5th and 6th Streets. This one block is closed to through traffic during work hours. Crew 2 expects to be at the intersection of D Avenue and 7th Street by the end of next week, and will continue working west towards 10th through mid-June with rolling temporary road closures.

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

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no work on Monday, May 28.

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

As noted, 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.