Washington Park reservoir overhaul project begins

The project will address several concerns with the existing reservoir

The Washington Park reservoir overhaul construction is underway. (KOIN)
The Washington Park reservoir overhaul construction is underway. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The city has begun a project to update the Washington Park reservoir, impacting traffic and parking.

A rendering of the plans for a reflecting pool and restored gate house at the Washington Park reservoir. (Portland Water Bureau)
A rendering of the plans for a reflecting pool and restored gate house at the Washington Park reservoir. (Portland Water Bureau)

The eight-year project by the Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company will seismically strengthen key water infrastructure for the west side and ensure a secure water system.

The Washington Park reservoir site is more than 100 years old and doesn’t comply with current seismic standards. The upgrades are designed to protect the reservoir from landslides or potential major earthquakes.

“Aging infrastructure for the water industry is always a problem because a lot of our infrastructure is underground and people don’t see it,” said principal engineer Stan Vandebergh.

The project is expected to be complete in 2024. It’s budgeted at a cost of $190 million.

“We’re anxious to get going,” said Vandebergh. “We believe it’s gonna be a real asset to the Washington Park community when we’re done.”

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 <http://trimet.org&gt; 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.

 

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