Willamette Water Monthly Issue 25
August 2016
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Reducing Impacts by Building a Resilient Drinking Water Pipeline with Partners

About half of the Willamette Water Supply Program pipeline routes are slated to be built as “opportunity projects.” These projects will be undertaken in conjunction with another city’s or county’s road work (such as Washington County’s 124th Avenue Partnership Project or the City of Wilsonville and the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Kinsman Road Partnership Project).

Opportunity projects have been a consistent and purposeful part of Willamette Water Supply planning.  These projects save money and reduce construction impacts on the surrounding community by taking advantage of cost savings that come from combining road improvements with the pipeline construction. It is a win-win approach for residents, commuters and rate payers.
Program Update Highlights 
Water Supply Project Manager Corianne Hart and Program Director Dave Kraska celebrate at the South Hillsboro Groundbreaking on August 9.
South Hillsboro Area Pipeline Project – Willamette Water Supply partners celebrated the South Hillsboro groundbreaking on August 9th near TV Highway and Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro. Partnering agencies, stakeholders and developers gathered together to commemorate the start of construction on the City of Hillsboro’s newest neighborhood. As another opportunity project, the water supply team is working closely with project staff to plan, design and build the pipeline through the Cornelius Pass Road and TV Highway intersection, then coordinate on future Cornelius Pass Road expansions to the north as well as the southern extension. Visit the project website for more information.

Community Outreach — Willamette Water Supply staff are continuing their efforts to contact more than 400 property owners along the proposed pipeline route to secure access to their properties. This access, when granted, will allow Willamette Water Supply team members to complete wetland, cultural, geotechnical, and other environmental studies on properties that may be needed for construction staging or placement of infrastructure when construction begins.

The supply program’s wetland biologists are conducting biological surveys along the proposed pipeline route. Geotechnical drilling is also underway along some sections of the route, and land surveyors are documenting topographical features along the approximately 30-mile route.

124th Avenue Partnership Project — Work continues on this partnership opportunity project with Washington County. Installation of the pipeline portion of the project is anticipated to begin late this summer, with pipe delivery expected in August from local manufacturer Northwest Pipe. Visit the 124th Avenue website for more information. 

Kinsman Road Partnership Project — Construction has begun on this cost-saving opportunity project with the City of Wilsonville and ODOT. Construction is anticipated to conclude in 2017. Visit the Kinsman Road project website for more information.

For more information, email

Marlys Mock, Community Affairs Coordinator, 503-941-4570
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