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Photo of other work areas in Rockwood
Photo of other work areas in Rockwood
PGE reliability project requires day work along East Burnside (westbound lanes only) beginning Monday (Photo) - 08/16/19

Partial road closure needed so crews can work safely on system upgrades

GRESHAM, Ore. — Portland General Electric will close a segment of East Burnside between 148th and 181st avenues, beginning Monday, Aug. 19, for a system improvement project. The daytime road closures, which will continue through Friday, Aug. 30, will affect only the westbound lanes of traffic. This work will not affect TriMet’s MAX line service or access to MAX line stations.

Later this fall, crews will install dozens of new poles and will replace 3.5 miles of power lines within the Rockwood area to improve the reliability of the local power grid. Before that work happens, crews first need to close the road to safely trim or remove trees, as well as dig holes into the sidewalks and roads to prepare for the next phase of work.

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 to reduce power outages — and to help ensure that outages that do 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 888,000 customers.

What to expect during construction?

To complete this segment of work in a safe manner, the City of Gresham permitted PGE crews to close the westbound lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Aug. 19 until the work is completed.

  • From Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23, westbound traffic along East Burnside Street will be closed between 172nd and 181st avenues.  
  • From Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30, PGE anticipates a westbound traffic along East Burnside Street will be closed between 148th and 172nd avenues.

For more information about the other work areas in Rockwood and to view the East Burnside detour maps, visit portlandgeneral.com/rockwood.

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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 888,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.

Youth participating in Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp
Youth participating in Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp
PGE announces more than $140,000 in grants to local groups protecting Oregon's environment (Photo) - 08/14/19

Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) recently presented $144,000 in environmental stewardship grants to 22 organizations located within the company’s operations area in Oregon. These grants are part of PGE’s overall philanthropic commitment to the community and focus on delivering quantifiable outcomes that contribute to enhancing and protecting natural habitats throughout the state.

“We’re fortunate to have so many committed organizations working collaboratively to preserve and protect our natural areas and educate youth on what it means to be great environmental stewards,” said Kregg Arntson, PGE’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Supporting environmental stewardship programs that improve air and water quality, and enhance natural habitats is an important part of our overall commitment to a clean energy future for Oregon and beyond.”

For more than a century, PGE has invested in programs that reflect our customers’ values, employees’ interests and the needs of the communities we serve. PGE’s environmental stewardship grants support projects that are focused on habitat restoration, fish protection, improving water quality and so much more.

“Thanks to the long-time support of PGE, we are able to teach the next generation about healthy watersheds and how to care for them,” said Terry Turner, vice chair of the Oregon Council, Trout Unlimited’s Clackamas River Chapter.

This year’s grant recipients included:

View a complete list of the 2019 environmental stewardship grants.

 

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 888,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/CleanVision.

Saddle up for the Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo - 07/25/19

WHAT: The 26th Annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo, hosted by Portland General Electric, is this Saturday, July 27.

The Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo will gather teams of journeyman linemen, apprentices and pre-apprentices from across the West to test and showcase their trade skills on Saturday, July 27. The crews will be tested in high-wire events highlighting their speed, safety, skill and strength, including hurt-man rescues and pole climbing while carrying a raw egg.

The Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo is considered one of the most challenging lineman rodeos in the country, as contestants are judged on safety, precision and technique.

All proceeds from the rodeo will help support the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, and this year’s fundraising goal is $30,000. The rodeo also serves as an opportunity for families to see their linemen in action and for line crews from different areas to learn from each other by comparing gear and techniques.

The event is family-friendly, open to the public and admission is free. There will be a raffle and an auction as well as food and beverages available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. and are scheduled to include remarks by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Clark Public Utilities. Competition starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: PGE’s Linneman Substation, 3450 W. Powell Loop, Gresham, OR 97030

WHY: Friendly competition to demonstrate and reward the highest standards of safety and quality in the lineman profession while raising money for the Legacy Oregon Burn Center.

For more information about the event, visit pacificnorthwestlinemanrodeo.org.

ABOUT PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 887,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. With approximately 3,000 employees across the state, PGE is committed to helping its customers and the communities it serves build a clean energy future. For more information, visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.