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Emergency repair to sewer line closes SW Jefferson and Broadway

Emergency repairs to a failed sewer line downtown has closed the intersection of Southwest Jefferson Street and Broadway for several hours Friday.

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation reported May 6 that routine maintenance uncovered a failed sewer line and an underground cavity in the road. Lanes will be closed at least until noon while repairs are made.

One lane on each street will be closed at the intersection again on from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, to finish underground repairs. Repaving with permanent pavement will be done later.

Bureau officials said underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, water from underground streams or weather.