Rockwood System Upgrades

Learn how we’re strengthening the energy grid and improving service for you.

Sections of East Burnside (westbound only) will be closed until mid-October

To complete our Rockwood system upgrades, we are extending our temporary road closures on sections of East Burnside between 162nd and 181st avenues until Oct. 11. The daytime road closures will occur periodically, Monday through Friday, and will affect only the westbound lanes of traffic. This work will not affect TriMet’s MAX line service or access to MAX line stations.

If driving through this area, please use caution and follow detour signs.

As we work toward Oregon’s clean energy future, we’re strengthening the energy grid to make it smarter, more efficient and more reliable for you. Among our many projects we’re working on is an upgrade of power lines and poles in Gresham’s Rockwood area. Since we first announced this project earlier this year, the route has expanded to include a section along the Gresham Fairview trail.

To provide safe clearance for the new lines, we’re also trimming and removing some trees along the power line rights of way.

Rockwood map

Construction schedule

  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Mid-July through December 2019

This schedule may change based on the needs of the project. While not anticipated, weekend and night hours may be required at times.

Traffic changes

  • For safety, we will need to close sections of East Burnside Street to traffic between 162nd Ave. and 181st Ave. when we are working along this stretch of road. There will be limited access for local residents.
  • Several detours will be required over the course of construction to reroute drivers around the closed sections of Burnside. Please watch for detour signs and check back here for updates and maps.

What to expect during construction

  • Multiple crews will be working in different areas at the same time.
  • We’ll upgrade power lines and install new power poles.
  • To install the new poles, we will need to cut into the sidewalks. Once the new installations are complete, we’ll repair the sidewalks. The old poles will remain in place — alongside the new poles — until other communication and cable companies transfer their lines to the new poles, which may take up to two years. At that time, we’ll remove the old poles.
  • At times, we’ll need to park some machinery on the street overnight and over the weekend.

Tree trimming and removal

To provide safe clearance for the new power lines, our contract tree crews will be continuing work along the streets highlighted on the construction map above. They’ll prune branches and, in some cases, remove trees that have grown too large for the spots where they are planted and pose a risk to safe, reliable power delivery.

Tree-trimming schedule

  • Mid-July through December 2019
  • 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

This schedule may change based on the needs of the project. While not anticipated, weekend and night hours may be required at times.

After we install new power lines, we’ll follow municipal rules and “right tree, right place” guidelines as we plant new, street-friendly trees that won’t interfere with the lines or damage sidewalks.

Important traffic and safety tips

We’re taking steps to ensure your safety as we trim trees and install new equipment. Here’s how you can help:

  • Watch for temporary lane closures and detours. Allow extra time for commuting through these areas.
  • Follow any detours and signs placed to keep drivers, pedestrians and workers safe.
  • Please avoid all work areas and equipment, and make sure children know to never touch the equipment.

Building a brighter energy future for you

These improvements will:

  • Replace aging equipment.
  • Reduce the risk of outages for the Rockwood area by improving service redundancy and reliability.
  • Keep pace with growth in our region and help improve overall system operations for all of our customers.

This is just one of many projects we’re working on to enhance and modernize the energy grid, making it smarter and more resilient, and creating a platform for a clean energy future.

Thank you for your patience as we strengthen the energy grid

If you have a question about how this work may affect you, please contact us at 503-612-3730.