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Route Advisory: Sewer work will close Better Naito for one week

Posted by on April 2nd, 2019 at 3:45 pm

The Bureau of Environmental Services needs to do a sewer repair project that will close Better Naito for a week starting next Monday (4/9).

Below is the official notice from BES:

The closure will be in effect 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. The project is slated to be complete on Friday, April 13. Work crews will not know the extent of damage until they excavate the area under the street and there is a possibility the time frame will be extended.

Environmental Services has determined that a sewer pipe under the road surface is severely deteriorated and at risk of failure. The repair will protect public health and the environment by reducing the possibility of a sewage release to the park and street.

The work zone is centered around a manhole on the west side of Salmon Springs in Waterfront Park. Crews will use the manhole to reach and repair the sewer pipe which extends from the manhole west along SW Salmon Street. The section needing repair is directly under Better Naito.

People traveling along the Better Naito bicycle and pedestrian lane will be detoured to Waterfront Park:

— Northbound travelers will be routed to Waterfront Park at SW Main Street, then along the Waterfront Park trail, and back to Better Naito on SW Yamhill Street.
— Southbound travelers will be routed to Waterfront Park on SW Yamhill Street, then along Waterfront Park, and back to Better Naito at SW Main Street.

People traveling by bicycle on SW Salmon Street will have the option of merging with northbound auto traffic for about a block before returning to Better Naito.

Environmental Services asks all travelers to be patient and use caution, and for people on bicycles to travel slowly and watch out for pedestrians on the Waterfront Park trail.

In related news a two-month closure of a popular section of the Eastbank Esplanade between Hawthorne and Steel Bridges is over! The path is open and the new pavement is nice and smooooth.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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6 thoughts on “Route Advisory: Sewer work will close Better Naito for one week”

  1. Avatar todd boulanger says:

    I wonder if anyone at BES (or PBoT permits) checked to see what events might be at the Waterfront Park, per bike access? If the closure ends soon, it may miss the big events that close the path.

    1. Avatar Andrew Kreps says:

      Do we have events in Waterfront Park pre-Cinco de Mayo?

      1. Avatar Chris says:

        Yes, runs will start and end there. Bridge to Brews, for example, is April 14th.

  2. Avatar Wylie says:

    thankfully the closure seems to be at the beginning of better Naito so the detour isn’t overly inconvenient.

  3. Avatar Gary B says:

    OT but related: I’ve noticed the constuction on Front for the LID project there. Looks like they’re doing some nifty stuff like substantial curb extensions and floating bus islands? I knew, from here, that we were getting some substantial improvements in that area, but have you reported on the final details JM?

  4. Avatar Kevin Brosnan says:

    April 8th is the Monday. Not the 9th as mentioned in the article.

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