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Traffic Advisory 9/21/16: Crane Delivery at Washington Park Reservoir Project Site Scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22; Traffic Delays Expected - 09/21/16

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 between 10:30 a.m. and noon, a large long-reach mobile crane will be delivered to the reservoir project site at Washington Park.

The crane, pre-loaded on a 130-feet oversized truck trailer, will enter the site by traveling West Burnside Road, to Southwest Tichner Drive, to Southwest Kingston Avenue, to Southwest Sherwood Boulevard.

After being unloaded, the truck trailer will exit the park using Southwest Park Place.

What Travelers Can Expect
* 20- to 25-minute temporary delays from 10:30 a.m. to noon as the truck trailer maneuvers through the park.
* Heavy congestion, delays, and slow moving traffic on West Burnside Street, Southwest Tichner Drive, and Southwest Kingston Avenue.
* Staged flaggers to direct traffic at the following intersections: Southwest Kingston Drive and Southwest Sherwood Boulevard; Southwest Kingston Avenue and Southwest Fairview Boulevard.

Avoid Delays
To avoid delays, plan ahead and detour around the crane's route.

Enter the park using:
* West Burnside Road to Southwest Skyline Boulevard to Southwest Fairview Boulevard
* Southwest Canyon Road to Southwest Knights Boulevard
* Southwest Fairview Boulevard to Southwest Knights Boulevard
* Southwest Canyon Road to Southwest Knights Boulevard

Exit the park using:
* Southwest Fairview Boulevard to Southwest Skyline Boulevard to West Burnside Road
* Southwest Knights Boulevard to Southwest Fairview Boulevard
* Southwest Knights Boulevard to Southwest Canyon Road

Safety is Priority
Safety is our number one priority when moving any type of heavy equipment into or out of the project worksite.

A pilot car will help navigate the oversize load through the neighborhood. Onsite staff will be using radio communications, orange flags, and two-way radios.

Park users and travelers are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers. The public is encouraged not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.

Project Details
The Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

The large crane will be used for the construction of the shoring wall and other activities in the project site. The crane will move back and forth, once assembled, on tracks that stand more than eight feet tall. It is anticipated the crane will remain onsite until 2018.

For additional project information and updates, contact the project hotline at 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.

Water Main Repair Work Completed- Northeast 33rd Avenue Open - 09/20/16

PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews have completed a water main break repair on Northeast 33rd Avenue. The section of NE 33rd that was previously closed, between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets, is now open.

The roadway has been repaired with a safe, temporary surface. The Water Bureau will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to prepare the area for a final repair at a later date.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

Water Main Repair Work Continues -- Section of Northeast 33rd Avenue Closed Until Wednesday Morning - 09/20/16

PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews are continuing to repair a water main break on Northeast 33rd Avenue.

To assess and repair the damaged water pipe, Northeast 33rd Avenue between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets remain closed until Wednesday morning. After reopening the roadway with a safe, temporary surface, the Water Bureau will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to prepare the area for a final repair at a later date.

The main is a 24-inch cast iron pipe from 1906.

Approximately 72 homes are out of service while the main is repaired. Other homes may experience discolored water as sediment inside the pipe is disturbed. This water is safe to drink but customers should run their taps until water runs clear.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

Water Main Repair Closes Northeast 33rd Avenue between Morris and Siskiyou Streets - 09/20/16

PORTLAND, OR- Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a water main break on Northeast 33rd Avenue.

To assess and repair the damaged water pipe, crews must shut down Northeast 33rd Avenue between Northeast Morris and Siskiyou streets until approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The main is a 24-inch cast iron pipe from 1906.

Approximately 72 homes may be out of service while the main is repaired. Others may experience discolored water as sediment inside the pipe is disturbed. This water is safe to drink but customers should run their taps until water runs clear.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

Media Invited to Groundbreaking for Landmark Washington Park Reservoirs Resilience Project - 09/19/16

The media is invited to a groundbreaking event for the Washington Park Reservoir, a landmark seismic resilience project, at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. The ceremony is at the Washington Park Chiming Fountain at Southwest Sherwood Boulevard and Southwest Sacajawea Boulevard. Reception immediately following the ceremony. Members of the Portland Water Bureau project staff and Commissioner Nick Fish will be available for interviews.

Limited parking is available on Southwest Wright Way and Southwest Washington Way
For additional transportation options, please visit Explore Washington Park and TriMet.

At the event, media will have the opportunity to:

* Hear from speakers on the significance of and need for the project
* Conduct one-on-one interviews with project staff from the Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction
* Photograph parts of the active construction site and ceremonial groundbreaking
Project details and renderings will be provided.

The project includes building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir. The reservoir will maintain the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and has been engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin.

For more information about the project, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.

Paving on SW Nevada Street -- September 17th - 09/15/16

PORTLAND, OR -- As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, crews will be preparing and paving to the east and west of Macadam Boulevard on SW Nevada Street this week.

To minimize traffic disruptions, work will occur Saturday, September 17th from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During road paving, both SW Nevada and SW Macadam will remain open, but some traffic turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. Please obey flaggers and all construction signs.

Traffic Advisory 09/08/16: Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Breaks Ground, Landmark Project will Temporarily Impact Travel and Parking - 09/08/16

The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have begun an eight-year capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland's west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.

The project will span from 2016 to 2024. During the first two years, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls and the new underground reservoir. This will trigger the most significant impacts to TriMet bus service, traffic, transportation, and parking in the park.

Park users are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers.

The public should not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.

To avoid delays, plan ahead and visit www.ExploreWashingtonPark.org and http://TriMet.org for transit options in the park. Please consider taking public transit and the Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle. The shuttle runs weekends only now through October 31 and will resume service in the spring.

From September 12, 2016 through March 2018, the following traffic restrictions will be in place:

ROAD CLOSURES
* SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be completely closed to all vehicle and bike traffic and pedestrian use from the intersection of SW Sacajawea Blvd./SW Rose Park Rd./SW Wright Rd. to SW Park Pl.
* SW Sherwood Blvd. will be closed to all vehicles from SW Kingston Ave. to the Soccer Field.
* SW Sherwood Blvd. will be closed to all vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians from the Soccer Field to SW Sacajawea Blvd.

OPEN FOR PEDESTRIANS/BIKES/TOUR BUSES/SHUTTLE
* The sidewalk of SW Sherwood Blvd. will remain open for pedestrian use and bike traffic from SW Kingston Ave. to the Soccer Field.

TRAFFIC REVERSAL
* Traffic flow will be reversed on SW Lewis Clark Way. One-way traffic will travel SW Lewis Clark Way and exit the park on SW Park Place.

MULTI-USE SHARED PATH
* Starting Sept. 16, 2016, a designated paved-path separate from vehicles will be available on SW Lewis Clark Way. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the path to travel both in and out of the park on SW Lewis Clark Way. Cyclists are required to walk and not ride bicycles on the path.
* Prior to Sept. 16, pedestrians are encouraged to use the stairs by the Lewis and Clark Memorial Column or be escorted around SW Lewis Clark Way.

TRAILS
* Pedestrians and cyclists can enter and exit the Madison Court Trail on SW Madison St. and SW Sacajawea Blvd. The trail will close intermittently; watch for signage.
* The Mac Trail will remain open. Pedestrians are cautioned to watch for trucks where the trail intersects with SW Sherwood Blvd. and SW Sacajawea Blvd.

NO PARKING
* All parking spaces closed on SW Sacajawea Blvd., SW Sherwood Blvd., and SW Lewis Clark Way.

TRIMET BUS SERVICE
* Line 63 - Washington Park/Arlington Heights will be detoured and stops 6177, 4346 and 4343 will be closed. Check http://TriMet.org for updates.

PARK ENTRANCES AND EXITS
During this stage of construction:
* Three park entrances will be available: W Burnside Rd. to SW Tichner Dr.; SW Fairview Blvd. to SW Knights Blvd.; and SW Canyon Rd. to SW Knights Blvd.
* Four park exits will be available: SW Tichner Dr. to W Burnside Rd.; SW Fairview Blvd. to SW Knights Blvd.; SW Lewis Clark Way to SW Park Pl.; and SW Knights Blvd. to SW Canyon Rd.

The project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake.

When complete and online, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland's west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, three hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.

Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

For additional project information and updates, contact 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.