Powerline upgrades coming to Rock Creek

Strengthening the energy grid

The Rock Creek Transmission Upgrade Project

Construction began in July 2018 to build 4.5 miles of overhead powerline and install dozens of poles within the Rock Creek Greenway. Construction is likely to last into the spring of 2019.

The new power lines will:

  • Improve service reliability within the neighborhood
  • Strengthen the electric grid and serve as a platform for our clean energy future
  • Provide for current and future capacity needs to accommodate for the growth of the region.

When construction is completed, all areas will be restored as quickly as possible following the installation of new poles to make electric service even more reliable.

What to expect

During construction, crews will be working section by section in the project area. You can also expect:

  • Portions of the Rock Creek Greenway trail to close during construction and reopen as the project progresses. Look for signs on site with information about detours and check PortlandGeneral.com/Horizon-Springville.
  • Vegetation management, including tree removal and replanting in the greenway. Trees at heights that interfere with the safety and the integrity of power lines will be removed. Our tree maintenance program focuses on safety and outage prevention.
  • Temporary closure of the Rock Creek Powerlines Soccer Fields. PGE continues to work closely with the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District staff, including earning their support to close segments of the trail and build new lines within the Rock Creek Powerlines Soccer Fields. Work within the soccer fields may also require intermittent closures.
  • Noise, vibration and dust from construction.
  • PGE earned a DEQ permit and Washington County’s erosion and sediment permit in advance of this work.

Rock Creek upgrade map

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

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