SW Portland neighbors expect big headaches during improvement project at Washington Park

Several road closures will go into effect for the Washington Park Reservoir improvement project beginning Sept. 12. They're scheduled to last for two years. (KATU Photo)

The Washington Park Reservoir is getting a major makeover. The Portland Water Bureau and Hoffman Construction Company are prepping for the next phase of the project that's scheduled to take two years.

Roads will be closed, affecting vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

"I think it's going to be the whole mess; how am I supposed to get out of here?" said Robin Mesher, who lives on one of the streets that will be affected by the closures.

Cary Bubenik, the project manager says this is significant in terms of working around an ancient landslide, where they will excavate and build shoring walls and the new underground reservoir.

He says when the project is done, Portlanders will be proud.

Mesher isn't too sure it's worth nearly two years.

"I think it's totally unfair to a street like this. They can't give us back two years of misery and that's probably what it's going to be," said Mesher.

The street closures around Washington Park begin Sept. 12. They're scheduled to last until March 2018.

To avoid delays, the city recommends visiting Explore Washington Park and TriMet for more information.

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