Construction Updates and Photo's

Update: April 21, 2022

Sargent continues to install concrete box conduit in Baxter Boulevard.  They currently have approximtly 700 feet of box conduit installed up to Station 8+75.  They have 975 linear feet left to install.  The blasting contractor continues to blast ledge and will be progressing to Station 18+50, which is at the end of Mackworth Street. Storm drain work also continues between Dartmouth St and Vannah Ave.   Once all the utilites are completed they will begin to rebuild the roadway.

It is anticipated that Baxter Boulevard from Preple Street to Vannah Avenue will be open back up to traffic in July 2022. Baxter Boulevard from Vannah Aveneu to Payson Park will remain closed for the entire 2022 year.

Work in Dartmouth Street has started and will continue throughout the year with new storm drains, sewer mains, and water lines.  Dartmouth will be closed to through traffic.   

The Portland Water District has finished installing the new force main in the Back Cove trail.   Questions regarding this can be directed to the Portland Water District’s Project Manager, Helen Newman, at 207-523-5279.

New Baxter Boulevard Storm Drain

BCWSC 2022-04-13 Baxter SD

Baxter Boulevard Roadway Construction

BCWSC 2022-04-11 Box cutting roadway near Dartmouth intersection

Drain Manhole Installation

BCWSC 2022-03-28 Drain outfall stationing

Box Coduits ready to be installed

BCWSC 2022-04-01 Bay 14-5 being prepped for box conduits

Update: March 9, 2022

Sargent continues to install concrete box conduit in Baxter Boulevard.  They currently have approximtly 480 feet of box conduit installed up to Station 6+50.  They have 1,200 linear feet left to install.  Their subcontractors continue to blast ledges within the area as well as installing sheet piling for the new box conduits.  The blasting contractor has blasted 7,642.70 CY of ledge and is at station 14+44.  They will be progressing to Station 18+50, which is at the end of Mackworth Street. 

Unitil will be beggining to work in Dartmouth Street ahead of Sargents upcoming work which will start in April.  

The Portland Water District continues to work on their sewer pump station which is nearby on the Boulevard.  Due to this, work will begin to impack the Back Cove walking path.  This work will be active for the next 4-6 weeks.  Questions regarding this can be directed to the Portland Water District’s Project Manager, Helen Newman, at 207-523-5279.

Backfilling Bays 9-10-11

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Excavating Bays 12-13

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Update: January 21, 2021

As of this update, the 60-inch sewer pipe installation has been completed and around 250 feet of the conduit has been installed.  The contractor continues to work on installing drainage within the completed pipe sections and once all of the utilities are in place, the road will be rebuilt and paved.  The section of Baxter Boulevard from Dartmouth Street to Vannah Avenue is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic in June of 2022.  The section of the Boulevard that spans from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park will remain closed until June of 2023.  Sargent’s subcontractors continue to blast ledges within the area as well as installing sheet piling for the new box conduits.  The blasting contractor is on George St currently, heading towards Vannah Ave. 

The Portland Water District is also completing a significant update to their sewer pump station which is nearby on the Boulevard.  Due to this, large external pumps and pipeline will divert the flow of sewage around the station to a manhole located on the Back Cove walking path.  This temporary solution will remain active for the next 4-6 months.  Questions regarding this can be directed to the Portland Water District’s Project Manager, Helen Newman, at 207-523-5279.

Update: December 22, 2021

Currently Baxter Boulevard is closed from Preble Street to Payson Park.  This will remain closed throughout the entire winter and into May. 
Utility work continues to progress installing sewer, storm drains and associated structures within Baxter Boulevard, Dartmouth Street, and Vannah Avenue.   Box conduit crew continues to install sheet piles, weld steel bracing, excavate and install box conduits. To date they have installed 247 feet of box conduit out of the 1,800 foot total. Sargent will be working on the weekends installing sheeting for the box conduits. 
Capital Rock has begun to do daily drilling and blasting. This will continue over the next 4-6 weeks starting near the Cheverus track and heading towards Mackworth Street within Baxter Boulevard.

Update: November 30, 2021

Sargent has finished installing the outfalls at Dartmouth Street and the Back Cove Trail has been restored to its original location.  Work within Dartmouth Street will continue throughout the winter and Baxter Boulevard from Preble Street to Payson Park will remain closed. 

Sargent also continues to install box conduits and sheet piling associated the the storage box conduit.  Progress has been slower than anticipated but crews will start working 7 days a week throughout the winter to continue to make progress.  Also the blasting company will be returning to the site in December to continue blasting ledge where they left off during the fall near Mackworth Street. 

Sargent continues to install storm drainage, gravels, and restoring Baxter Boulevard as they make progress in the area. The roadway will remain closed until pavement plants reopen in April of 2022.

Update: November 12, 2021

Sargent has finished installing the 48 inch storage pipe within Baxter Boulevard and now started to work on the Dartmouth Street outfall. They will continue to work on the pipes and structures associated with this work.  Due to ground water and tides the work in Dartmouth Street will now last until December 3.  Once the work is completed Dartmouth will be opened back up.   

Sargent also continues to install box conduits and sheet piling associated the the storage box conduit closer to the Cheverus track area. 

Work at the Vannah St diversion chamber has finished.

Sargent continues to install storm drainage, gravels, and restoring Baxter Boulevard as they make progress in the area.

BCWSC AERIAL by Maine Imaging on 2021-11-01

BCWSC AERIAL by Maine Imaging 2021-11-01

Update: October 27, 2021

Sargent has finished installing the 60 inch storage pipe within Baxter Boulevard and now they have transitioned to 48 inch towards Dartmouth Street. They will continue installing this pipe into Dartmouth St.  Starting November 1, work will begin on the Dartmouth Street outfalls.  Associated with this outfall work, Baxter Boulevard at Dartmouth Street, will be closed for 3 weeks. The press relesease can be found here:  https://portlandmaine.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6087

Sargent also continues to install sheet piling and bracing near the Baxter Boulevard pump station.  This support system is in order to install the 1800 linear feet of 20 foot x 8 foot box conduit.  They have installed 6 sections of the box conduit so far and will contine installing box conduits for the next year.

Work at the Vannah Street diversion chamber also started this week. The Back Cove Trail has been diverted around the work area. Trail diversions will continue throught the project as the contractor works on the outfalls into Back Cove.

Gantry Crane

BCWSC 2021-10-22 Gantry Crane

60" Pipe Install

BCWSC 2021-10-22 60inch Pipe Install

Clay Subgrade

BCWSC 2021-10-21 Clay Subgrade

Looking North at the Box Conduit

BCWSC 2021-10-20 Looking North at the Box Conduit

Back Cove Trail

BCWSC 2021-10-27 Back Cove Trail

Looking into the Box Conduit

BCWSC 2021-10-19 Looking North into the Box Conduit

Installed Box Conduits

BCWSC 2021-10-18 Installed Box Conduits

Box Conduit Delivery

BCWSC 2021-10-20 Box Conduit Delivery

Update: October 4, 2021

Sargent continues to install 60 inch pipe within Baxter Boulevard and now the pipe has crossed Vannah Avenue.  They will continue installing the pipe all the way to Dartmouth Street. Blasting has concluded for the time being and will return to the site sometime in December.  Sargent also continues to install sheet piling and bracing near the Baxter Boulevard pump station.  This support system is in order to install the 1800 linear feet of 20 foot x 8 foot box conduit.  Superior Concrete has produced the first section of box conduit at their facility. The boxes will be delivered to the site this week.

Custom Built Excavator

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Installation of 60" Pipe

BCWSC 2021-09-16 12.21.02 60in Pipe Installation

Sheet Pile Bracing

BCWSC 2021-09-17 10.32.51 Sheet Pile Bracing

Flow Control Manhole

BCWSC 2021-09-17 10.28.29 Flow Control Manhole

Update: September 10, 2021

Sargent continues to install 60 inch pipe within Baxter Boulevard towards Vannah Avenue.  They also have been installing sheet piling and bracing near the Baxter Boulevard pump station in order to install the large diameter structures.  These sheet piles go 30 feet deep.

Baxter Boulevard from Vannah to Dartmouth Street was also closed on 9/7/21. This was so that the contractor can remove the pavement surface and continue with blasting before the 60 inch pipe crew gets to Vannah Avenue.

BCWSC 2021-09-02_Installing Shoring
BCWSC 2021-09-02_Bracing Bay 1

Construction Update: August 23, 2021

**MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT** Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts

Sargent will be closing more of Baxter Boulevard, from Payson Park to Dartmouth Street.  This closure will begin 9/7/2021 and last until December 2022.

See below for a map of the closure as well as for more information about the project.

BCWSC Sargent 2021-09-07 Traffic Control Plan Phase 2 Opens in new window


Update: August 20, 2021

Sargent's sub-contractor, Capital Rock, continues to blast ledge daily.  Sargent's construction crew has started to install 60" plastic storage pipe within this blasted ledge. They have also started to install sheet piles to support the trench work for the new storage box conduit.  

BCWSC 2021-08-26 60 inch Pipe Trench

Update: June 16, 2021

**MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT** Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts Begin June 24

Sargent will be closing Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue. This first phase of closure is scheduled to last for the next three months. 

See below for a map of the closure as well as for more information about the project.

Update: May 26, 2021

Sargent has started to mobilize to the worksite with the installation of office trailers and pipe materials. A security fence has also been installed along Back Cove trail to limit people, bicycles and vehicles from accessing the worksite. Access points to the trail have been provided at Dartmouth St, Vannah Ave, Cross walk at Baxter and Chenery and at Payson Park. 

Construction is scheduled to start end of June or early July. Once construction starts Baxter Boulevard will be closed to traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians.