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Crews will begin work along a segment of Highway 26 beginning on Friday, Nov. 30.

PHOTO COURTESY PGE - Lane closures during both night and day will begin this week on the Sunset Highway.To allow work on a major transmission improvement project, Portland General Electric will implement shoulder lane closures and intermittent nighttime rolling closures beginning soon along a segment of the Sunset near the Northeast 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.

The daytime work will include:

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

The nighttime work will include:

The first intermittent rolling closures will start at 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, to install and set a new pole, which requires dry weather conditions. That 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 that 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.

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, resulting in fewer and shorter power outages.

The project is one of many now in planning or construction to improve electric service reliability and resiliency for PGE's 885,000 customers.

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