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Short Stretch of SW Terwilliger Boulevard Reduced to One Lane of Through Traffic on Thursday, July 30 - 07/28/15
Approximately 200-feet of SW Terwilliger Boulevard to the north of SW Burlingame Terrace will be reduced to one lane of through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

Surveyors from the Portland Water Bureau will be replacing right-of-way monument markers in the traveled way. The markers control the location of real property and are extremely important for the determination of public and private land ownership. Work will consist of driving the markers into the asphalt pavement.

Flaggers will be stationed to direct traffic traveling north and southbound on SW Terwilliger Boulevard safely around the work zone. Vehicles may experience a short wait while opposing traffic passes. The George Himes Park paved trail following SW Terwilliger Boulevard and bicycle lanes will remain open for use.

Travelers are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.

The Portland Water Bureau's Survey Team is responsible for providing topographical information, such as base maps for designers, and location survey information for Water Bureau-funded capital construction projects.
Attached Media Files: Traffic Advisory
SW Market Street Closed between SW 11th & SW 12th Avenues on Sunday, July 26 for New Water Service Install - 07/24/15
One block of SW Market Street between SW 11th and SW 12th avenues will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Traffic will be detoured to SW Columbia Street.

The Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new water service for a building on the north side of SW Market Street. Work will consist of trenching across SW Market Street to connect the new service to an existing water main.

Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop when traveling from Interstate 405 to the SW Market Street off ramp from US 26. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.
Attached Media Files: Traffic Advisory
Map of project area
Map of project area
Construction for Hannah Mason Pump Station (Fulton Pump Station Replacement Project) to Disrupt Traffic on SW Nevada Street (Photo) - 07/17/15
Construction continues on a Portland Water Bureau project to build a new pump station in Willamette Park in Southwest Portland. As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, contractors will need access to SW Nevada Street, west of Macadam from July 20 through Aug. 14. Periodic construction will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For one block west of Macadam, access along SW Nevada will be limited to local traffic only while crews install new pipes. As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. Please obey flaggers and all construction signs.

The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March and will continue to the autumn of 2016. The Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. We will keep neighbors, local businesses and other stakeholders updated as work progresses.
For more information, visit the project website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/hannahmason
Attached Media Files: Map of project area
Portland Water Bureau to Augment Supply with Groundwater - 07/16/15
Beginning Thursday, July 16, the Portland Water Bureau will begin using its groundwater wells in the Columbia South Shore Well Field to ensure adequate water supply to its customers. Portland is not experiencing a water supply shortage. The Bull Run watershed, in combination with the Columbia South Shore Well Field, is capable of meeting Portland's water needs throughout the summer.

Public notification is not required but the Portland Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater. One change that customers may notice is a slight increase in hardness. The media and sensitive water users will again be notified when the Portland Water Bureau returns to 100 percent Bull Run water or if there is a need to increase the use of groundwater above 40 percent.

Due to the dry spring weather, above average summer temperatures, and in consideration of available long-term weather forecasts, the Portland Water Bureau will utilize the Columbia South Shore Well Field to supplement supply for the immediate future. As a result of careful planning, Portland is fortunate to have access to two excellent water sources that allow us to be prepared to meet the range of supply and demand conditions that occur in the Portland water system.

The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. During the hottest days of July this year, the Water Bureau saw relatively high demand, around 150 million gallons per day. When the temperature dropped, customers went back to using closer to 130 million gallons per day, which is similar to average usage in early July last year. It is anticipated that groundwater will contribute approximately 25 percent of supply and may be increased up to 40 percent if above average demands continue.

"In Portland, we're fortunate to have two high quality sources of water," said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. "As other parts of the nation are struggling to meet their water supply needs, it's comforting that we can turn to our Columbia South Shore Well Field to meet all our customers' needs."

As part of our ongoing summer supply planning, the Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns to ensure adequate, clean water for all of our customers. The Portland Water Bureau will be managing our water supply carefully throughout the remainder of this summer, so that we continue to meet our obligations.

Depending on location, it may take up to a week for groundwater to move through the distribution system and reach customers. Weekly supply updates will be posted to www.portlandoregon.gov/water/summersupply. For more information about Portland's drinking water quality, call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.
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Traffic, bike and pedestrian traffic controls in place on 1900 block of North Interstate - 07/08/15
Portland, OR - The sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians, and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will shift to the west on North Interstate Avenue between North Tillamook Street and the intersection of North Interstate and North Larabee avenues. These traffic controls will are in place and will continue through the first half of August. Hours of operation are 7 am to 3 pm, Monday-Saturday.

A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be removing the brick face of the bureau's building at 1900 North Interstate. To protect the public, a construction barrier will be moved close to the sidewalk curb and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will be shifted to the west to make room for both types of vehicles.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/interstate