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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Brighton Avenue Sewer Separation Start of Construction

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to provide a status update regarding the Brighton Avenue Sewer Separation Project.

The project was successfully bid and the construction contract has been awarded to DDI Construction at a contract price of $1,286,897.00. Construction is anticipated to commence during the last week of March.

The goal of this project is to install a new separated stormwater drain system in Brighton Avenue between Lomond Street and Dorset Street, Rowe Avenue between Brighton and Meriline, Lomond Street and Meriline Avenue to remove stormwater from the existing combined sewer system. This is being done to reduce/eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) which result in a mixture of waste water sewage and storm water runoff to overflow in the Fore River Tidal Marsh Estuary when capacity in the existing system is exceeded during certain rain storms. This work is part of the City’s long-term control plan agreement with the Maine DEP and EPA to reduce CSO discharges into Portland’s surrounding waters. This project is anticipated to greatly reduce CSO activity at location #39, which as previously mentioned discharges into the Fore River tidal marsh area near the entrance to the Portland Trails System at the end of Hillcrest Avenue. The Portland Water District will also be installing new water-mains in Brighton Avenue as part of the project.

The attached map will assist in defining the project boundaries.

The preliminary schedule for the first month of the project is listed below. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Week of March 29th: Contractor to start bringing equipment and materials to the site and will begin pavement saw cutting in preparation for utility installations.

Week of April 5th and April 12th: Contractor to install new storm drain outfall at the end of the Meriline Avenue right of way into an existing wetland. Contractor to complete all work in the Meriline Avenue right of way including the installation of Nutrient Separating Baffle Box for Stormwater Treatment. Contractor to install water main cut in valves in Brighton Avenue in preparation of temporary water main installation.

Week of April 19th and April 26th: Contractor to complete storm drain work in Rowe Avenue from Meriline Avenue to Brighton Avenue. Contractor to complete work in Lomond Street and set up temporary water system in preparation for utility work in Brighton Avenue.

Week of May 3rd: Contractor to begin storm drain work in Brighton Avenue.

As of now, work in Brighton Avenue is scheduled to be completed by August 2021. Weekly schedule and project updates will be provided on the City’s project website.

Project website link:

Project work will typically run from 7:00am to 7:00pm during the project. The contractor will be required to keep driveway access open to all driveways unless it is necessary to close in order to complete a section of the work. If the contractor needs to interrupt driveway access sufficient notice will be given prior to the disruption.

Drivers and residents should expect lane closures and traffic delays on all project streets during construction hours. Once the construction work moves into Brighton Avenue the contractor will reduce traffic to one open lane in each direction of travel between 9am and 3pm on a daily basis.

In order to mitigate impacts to commuters, the contractor is required to keep two lanes of traffic flowing in the inbound direction during the morning commute and two lanes of traffic flowing in the outbound direction during the afternoon/evening commute. As work progresses into different areas, traffic control will change accordingly. Please watch for the signage and drive slowly through the work zone to ensure your safety and the safety of the project staff. Please be sure to check the City’s website regularly for project traffic updates.

During the project the streets will be posted “No Parking” as necessary during construction activities. This is done to protect your vehicles and to make moving around the site easier and safer for the contractor. We restrict parking only when absolutely necessary, so please make sure you read the signs. Vehicles will be towed if in violation. If your vehicles can’t be parked off the road we would suggest you park on one of the adjacent streets and walk to your home. You will have access to driveways on a daily basis. The contactor will be stockpiling necessary materials for the project along the side of the road within the City right of way. The contractor will be using heavy equipment during the project. We ask you to use caution when driving through the work zones and be aware of equipment and personnel for the safety of all.

Joe Sklarz of John Turner Consulting will be serving as the City’s Inspector and will be onsite daily. Joe will be available to help assist with any issues which may come up during construction.

Trash and recycling pickup for all streets will remain the same. Please make sure both trash and recycling are at your curb by 6:00 am.

I apologize in advance for any inconveniences that this construction may cause and thank you for your patience during this period as the City completes this important environmental infrastructure project.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Justin Pellerin. Justin can be reached at 212 Canco Road, Suite B, Portland Maine, 04103, 207-874-8828 or

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