Powerline upgrades coming to Rock Creek

Strengthening the energy grid

Daytime and nighttime work across Sunset Highway begins Friday, Nov. 30

To allow work on a major transmission improvement project, Portland General Electric will implement shoulder lane closures and intermittent nighttime rolling closures beginning next week along a segment of Sunset Highway/Highway 26 near the NE Cornelius Pass Road crossing. The daytime closures to the shoulder lane will affect only the westbound lanes. The intermittent nighttime rolling closures will affect both east and westbound traffic.

In July, crews began installing dozens of new utility poles and 4.5 miles of new power lines within the area to improve the reliability of the local power grid. One of the final steps of the project is to install new lines within the shoulder lane of Highway 26.

The goals for this project are to add new overhead lines to meet the region’s growing energy needs while increasing redundancy in the system so that there will be fewer power outages – and those that occur will be shorter. This project is one of many projects now in planning or construction to improve electric service reliability and resiliency for PGE’s 885,000 customers.

What to expect during construction along Highway 26

To complete this segment of work in a safe manner, Oregon Department of Transportation permitted PGE crews to close the westbound shoulder lane and conduct intermittent rolling closures at night.

Daytime Work:

  • From Monday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 15, shoulder lane closures will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to conduct this work.
  • The shoulder closures are needed to deliver and install new poles, as well as string heavy power lines across the NE Cornelius Pass Road overpass and along Highway 26.

Nighttime Work:

  • The first intermittent rolling closures will start on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. to install and set a new pole, which requires dry weather conditions. This evening’s traffic control measures will be removed by 2 a.m. the next morning.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., traffic control teams will implement intermittent rolling closures of Sunset Highway, so crews can install the new overhead lines across the highway. Each night’s traffic control measures will be removed by 5 a.m. the next morning.

For questions about this work, please call our customer service representatives at 503-612-3730.

Rock Creek Upgrade Map

Download the Rock Creek Upgrade Map.

PGE produced a work map for this work, including identifying the areas where daytime shoulder and nighttime work are planned on Highway 26 near the NW Cornelius Pass Road overpass. Passenger vehicles may want to consider alternative routes during work hours.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to make electric service smarter and more reliable.