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Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run Working Group Meeting - 10/22/14
The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters located at 16400 Champion Way in Sandy Oregon.
Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and 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 Protection and Stewardship | The City of Portland, Oregon or www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood
Water service to be restored soon; NW 23th Place at NW Westover Road to remain closed to traffic - 10/20/14
Portland, OR - A crew from the Portland Water Bureau anticipates having the drinking water restored to about 100 affected customers by 6:00 pm this evening, October 20. The damage to the pavement at NW 23th Place will require more time to be repaired.

At this time, there is no timetable for when NW 23rd Place at NW Westover Road will re-open to traffic. Normally, dry weather conditions are required to repair asphalt pavement.

At about 1:30 am this morning, the Portland Water Bureau responded to a main break on NW 23th Place at NW Westover Road. A 10-inch diameter cast iron pipe broke, cracking the street and flooding the roadway. The pipeline's age is more than 50 years old.

The Water Bureau crew was able to get the water turned off and quickly got repair work underway. A 20-foot section of durable ductile iron pipe replaced the broken cast iron main.

Early this morning, a number of storefront businesses were without water for a few hours, but crews were able to provide temporary service to most of them. A few businesses reportedly closed for the day.

The bureau was unable to provide temporary water to the high rise apartment building, but customers should have water restored around 6:00 pm. Affected customers are asked to let the water run for several minutes to clear any natural sediments found in area water mains.
Portland Water Bureau reopens northbound traffic lanes on SE 162nd Avenue at SE Division Street - 10/15/14
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau has completed the installation of a large water pipe vault under SE 162th Avenue at SE Division Street. The northbound lanes from SE Division Street are now open to all traffic.

The underground work required that all northbound lanes on SE 162nd Avenue from
SE Division Street be closed for six months.

The contactor has moved the work zone south to SE 162nd Avenue at SE Rhone Street, where pipe connection work will occur inside an existing water vault. This work will impact a short section of one northbound traffic lane, which will be coned around the work zone.

At the end of each work day, the lane will be steel sheeted and reopened. Typically, work hours are 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. This vault work is scheduled to take six to eight weeks to complete.

The vault work is part of the improvements required to connect the city's new second Powell Butte reservoir to the water system.

For more project information, visit portlandonline.com/water and click on the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project link.
Traffic impacts in SW Hillsdale neighborhood next week - 10/10/14
Portland, OR- A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project will impact traffic on several streets in the Southwest Hills neighborhood next week.
* Approximately 300 feet of the left westbound lane of SW Capitol Highway, just east of the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger Boulevard, will be closed beginning Monday, October 13, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The closure is scheduled to end on Friday October 17, at 3:00 p.m. Pedestrians using the alternate walking trail who wish to cross SW Capitol Highway going south will be guided to the crosswalk by a flagger.
* The two northbound lanes of SW Terwilliger Boulevard just north of SW Capitol Highway will remain open but will be reconfigured for construction to occur at the corner.
* A short section of SW Burlingame Avenue will be closed to all but local traffic on Monday, October 13. A contractor for the Water Bureau will begin the road restoration work on SW Burlingame Avenue on Monday. The temporary patch over the pipe trench will be removed and permanent asphalt installed. The work is expected to take one day. SW Burlingame Avenue, between SW Chestnut Street and SW Burlingame Terrace, will be open to local traffic only. No pedestrian access will be allowed during the street restoration work.
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