Public Works

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Neighborhood Meeting Scheduled for Woodford Street-Forest Ave Storm Drain Project

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to discuss the design of the Woodford Street-Forest Ave Storm Drain Project. The project is intended to accomplish two items: 1) to help the City with their efforts to prevent Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) into Back Cove; and 2) to reduce flooding in the Woodford Corner section of Forest Avenue.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Ocean Avenue Elementary School, located at 150 Ocean Avenue, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. The meeting should last about an hour. Please join us to receive a verbal description of what the project intends to achieve. The meeting will discuss the city’s sewer/ storm drain project and is not intended to discuss the broader Maine Department of Transportation's project.

This project will separate the existing combined sewer in the street to a separate sanitary sewer and stormwater drain. The sanitary sewage will continue to the wastewater treatment plant while the stormwater will tie into a new storm drain to be installed in Woodford Street ultimately discharging to Back Cove. The project is being designed by Sebago Technics and will include the following components: new sanitary sewer and sewer laterals to the property line, new storm drain and storm drain laterals to the property line if requested and approved, and new catch basins.

The project will also see new concrete sidewalk and granite curbing between Arlington Street and Clifton Street (on the south side of the roadway) and the replacement of pavement for the length of the project. The project will have two distinct construction phases: Phase 1 will involve the work between Back Cove and Forest Avenue starting as early as March 2017; and Phase II which will incorporate work into the Maine Department of Transportation's Woodford Corner improvements starting later in the summer.

As part of the design we are asking if you have a sump pump, internal roof drains or related storm drainage issues. The City may install a storm drain lateral that could be used to separate your roof drains or sump pump from the City's sanitary sewer if it is currently connected.

The Portland Water District has also expressed an interest in replacement of the water main and services in portions of Woodford Street, Arlington Street and Forest Avenue that will be incorporated into the project. Unitil has also recently expressed a desire to replace their gas main and they are evaluating the other
utility work being accomplished.

Therefore, I would also like to take this opportunity to advise you to coordinate, prior to the work on this street, any underground utility work within the street right-of-way (either repairs, changes, or connections) which will affect your property. The principal types of utility work that concern us are outlined below:

a) termination of natural gas service
b) installation of natural gas service
c) repair or replacement of sanitary sewer building connections
d) repair or replacement of storm water drain building connections
e) construction of a new building or structure resulting in the need to connect to all utilities
f) replacement of water service
g) installation of water fire service

Please make all repairs, changes or connections to the underground utility system before this street is paved, thereby avoiding excavation of our new pavement. Please note: after paving, the cost of a street opening permit for excavation work in the street will increase significantly.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss this project. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to send written comments with a neighbor or mail them to Brad Roland at the Department of Public Works, 55 Portland Street, Portland 04101 or 207-874-8840 or

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