SE Ivon – Madison Green Street Project

Construction Update

February 10, 2014


Environmental Services is working on a project to construct 13 green street planters to remove stormwater from the public sewer system. This project also includes refurbishing two existing green street planters on SE 29th between SE Grant and Harrison (click here to see maps). Green streets are planters that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and plants filter pollutants. Green streets keep stormwater out of the sewer system, reduce the risk of basement backups, replenish groundwater supplies and add green space to neighborhoods. Environmental Services builds green streets throughout the city.


A project map and up to date information is available on the project website,



Construction is ongoing. Crews have nearly completed the eight facilities on SE 41st near Clinton, Taggart and Ivon. Next, they will work on SE 43rd and Division before moving on to SE 58th and Madison and SE 29th and Grant. The project should be completed by April. The plants are expected to be installed this spring. Exact timing of the plantings is weather dependent. 



-Traffic Control: Traffic controls will be in place when crews are working in the streets. When crews are working in your neighborhood, you can expect some traffic disruptions, including some temporary road closures, detours and parking removal. The contractor will maintain local access wherever possible.

-Work on SE 43rd and Division: When crews are working at SE 43rd and Division, the block along SE 43rd from Division to Windsor Ct will be closed. Access to the parking lot for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and other neighbors will be maintained from the SE Ivon/SE Windsor Court side rather than the SE Division side.



This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which 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. More information about this program is available at



  • Parking within and adjacent to the work site may be limited.
  • Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Construction activities may create noise, vibration and dust, and may disrupt normal neighborhood activity.
  • Equipment and materials may be secured and stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • A city construction inspector is on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a safety vest and hard hat.



For more information or with questions, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-2827 or To be added to an email update list, email Becky with “SE Ivon-Madison Green Street” in the subject line.


Thank you for your cooperation during this important green street project. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns, such business operations, medical issues or deliveries; we will be happy to work with you.





Becky Tillson

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-2827    l    Cell Phone: 803-823-6615



Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Portlandcombines sewer improvements that replace or repair Portland’s aging sewer pipes with green streets, ecoroofs, trees and other green infrastructure to increase sewer system efficiency, and protect water quality, public health and the environment. Green infrastructure keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. Learn more at