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Traffic Advisory: Short section of SW Terwilliger Boulevard reduced to one lane for sawcutting on Tuesday April 21, 2015 - 04/17/15
PORTLAND, OR -- A short stretch of SW Terwilliger Boulevard northbound lane at the traffic island on the corner of SW Terwilliger Boulevard and SW Capitol Highway will be closed from 9 am to 3 pm on Tuesday April 21. Both traffic lanes will reopen when the work is completed. Work will be done outside of commute hours.
Flaggers will be stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorist to avoid traffic delays.
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be working in the road in preparation for the restoration of the traffic island as part of the SW Carolina Pump Mains-Phase 2 project. More information about the project can be found on the project webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina
Traffic Advisory: SW Burlingame Terrace closed to all but local traffic - 04/16/15
Road restoration work on SW Burlingame Terrace will begin the week of April 20, 2015 and will continue for six to eight weeks. The road will be closed to all but local traffic during this time.
A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project was completed last fall and the restoration work was postponed until warmer weather.
Motorists 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/swcarolina
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/13/15: Geotechnical Testing in Washington Park Scheduled for April - 04/13/15
During the week of April 20, the Portland Water Bureau will conduct geotechnical testing in Washington Park.

The testing will involve a crew using equipment to drill geotechnical test anchors along SW Sacajawea Blvd. on the east side of Reservoir 3 and along the promenade on the north side of the reservoir. The testing is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.

This work is supporting the design for the Water Bureau's proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top. The lower Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system. A lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin.

Roads around the work site, including SW Sacajawea Blvd., will remain open with intermittent flagging during setup over the drill locations. The sidewalk along SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be closed for public safety.

TriMet bus stop ID 6177 (SW Sacajawea Blvd. and SW Sherwood Blvd.) on Line 63 will be closed from April 20 to May 4.

Park users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

The geotechnical testing will assist Water Bureau engineers in:
* Evaluating soil properties and behaviors.
* Understanding how soils will perform under certain conditions and how it may impact the proposed construction of the new below-ground reservoir.
* Evaluating, mitigating, and minimizing potential risks associated with issues such as settlement, load-bearing capacity, slope instability, and water infiltration.

For more information about the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city's century-old water system.
Attached Media Files: Official Advisory
Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled for April 22, 2015 - 04/09/15
The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 10 am to 12 pm in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run watershed, Portland's primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please go to www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bullrun or www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/03/15: Eastbound Lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th & SE 69th Avenues Diverted into Center Lane around Work Zone - 04/03/15
A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections in the intersection of SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street.

Google map of the intersection: http://tinyurl.com/pjye2ru

During the week of April 6, the work zone will be shifted to the eastbound lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues. Traffic will be diverted into the center lane around the work zone.

Traffic on SE 68th Avenue, between SE Division and Mt. Tabor Park, is open to local access only. Detour signs are posted and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly and exercise caution when traveling in and around the construction area. Typically, work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with possible occasional Saturday work.

This work is slated for completion in mid-April.

The new piping is part of the water system improvements required to connect two of the city's large water conduits to the Westside supply line.
Construction Announcement: Fulton Pump Station Replacement Project - 04/01/15
Portland - The Portland Water Bureau has begun work in SW Portland's John's Landing area to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station that provides water service to areas of SW Portland. The Fulton Pump Station - located on SW Nevada Street, between SW Macadam Avenue and SW Virginia Avenue - was built in 1912. The pump station has been expanded several times over the years but does not have capacity for Portland's future water needs. In 2010 and 2011 the Water Bureau explored several options for upgrading or replacing the pump station and found that replacing the outdated facility with a new pump station located in Willamette Park was the best solution.

Design for the new pump station incorporated input from extensive community outreach efforts. The Water Bureau formed a nine-member citizen advisory committee comprised of many neighbors of Willamette Park and held multiple open houses where community members provided feedback on the proposed design. The new facility will be named after Hannah Mason, a philanthropist, landowner, and widower of an early Portland mayor, William S. Mason. At the time of her passing in 1908 she owned the majority of the land on which Willamette Park sits today.

The new pump station will house five pumps, public restrooms, park equipment storage, and will complement the park with a subtle design meant to blend into the surrounding landscape.

Construction for the project will involve work at the Fulton Pump Station site, the Hannah Mason Pump Station site in Willamette Park, and pipe work in the area including along SW Nevada St and SW Macadam Avenue. Work will began in early March 2015 and is expected to be complete by autumn of 2016.

The project funding is from a combination of revenue bond sales, water sales revenue, and other construction fund revenues such as system development charges and interest earnings. Total project cost: $15,090,000.

The existing Fulton Pump Station will remain in operational status for a minimum of two years after the Hannah Mason Pump Station is complete and operational.

The Water Bureau is working in close conjunction 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 general project questions, contact Sam Beresky at 503-235-5881 or sam@jla.us.com. 24/7 project hotline: 503-781-8365