Railroad Crossing Project Update – Night work underway
Date: April 26, 2012
Contact: Rhetta Drennan, 503-823-6006, rhetta.drennan@portlandoregon.gov
Website: portlandonline.com/bes/tabortoriver

Environmental Services is continuing construction on the Railroad Crossing Project. The city’s contractor is upgrading over 1,700 feet of sewer pipe in 7 blocks.

Construction Hours
Crews continue to work two shifts. The day shift works from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the night shift works from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. During the day shift, work takes place primarily on SE 11th Avenue and during the night shift primarily on SE 12th Avenue. The City Noise Office has approved 60 days of night and weekend work for this project.

To report noise complaints at night please call 503-823-1257. To report noise complaints during the day call 503-823-6006. For more information on noise, contact the Portland Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or noise@portlandoregon.gov.

Flaggers are onsite to direct traffic through the construction zone. Construction continues to reduce traffic to a single lane through the work zones during construction hours. After work hours, the contractor covers trenches with skid-resistant steel plates to restore all traffic lanes. Cyclists should watch for loose gravel in the roadway. Please continue to obey traffic signs and flaggers for safety.

If you have large vehicles making deliveries through this area, please contact the site supervisor, George Wells at 503-849-5891. He can help drivers make it through the work zone successfully.

Crews are currently working to remove street pavement and old trolley lines along 12th Avenue. In some places the pavement is over two feet thick. This work requires the use of jack hammers. Jack hammers will be used only until 11:00 p.m. to help minimize noise. The city’s contractor is also using dump trucks, backhoes, front-end loaders, asphalt cutters, steel street plates, and shoring boxes.

What to Expect During Construction

Open trench construction in the street
Steel plates in the street
Heavy equipment maneuvering in and out of traffic
Small debris in the roadway
Lane closures and traffic delays
Parking restrictions in construction areas during work hours
Flaggers directing traffic

City construction and transportation inspectors are on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with concerns. Inspectors typically wear a green safety vest and hard hat.

Tabor to the River Program

This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program. Tabor to the River combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards.

Rhetta Drennan, Community Relations
City of Portland,Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Rm. 1000
Portland, OR 97204-1912
503-823-6995, fax