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MBTA Right-of-Way Update
We're happy to report that as of December 24, we have completed all planned site preparation for the unused MBTA Right-of-Way in Wakefield. Please note that no further Woburn to Wakefield Line Project work is planned for the right-of-way this winter.
Over the past months, all rail and ties have been removed from the right-of-way. Our contractors have also cleaned the entire section of the right-of-way—between Richardson Street and Salem Street—of accumulated debris. Additionally, we have placed signage along the right-of-way to call attention to potential trip hazards, and to discourage future discarding of trash and other materials on the right-of-way.
As always, if you have any questions about Wakefield portion of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, we encourage you to contact a member of our outreach team on our dedicated project hotline (844-646-8427) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While on-street construction is still some time away, upgrades at the Wakefield Junction Substation off of Montrose Avenue are underway. This work includes contractor and equipment mobilization. Once all materials are on site, the first steps for construction at the substation will be focused on building the new 35-foot sound wall.
A strong electrical transmission system is vital to our region’s safety and economic prosperity. To improve reliability and address growing electricity demands identified by ISO-NE, National Grid and Eversource have teamed up to implement the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution, comprised of various projects in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
One of the proposed projects is the Woburn to Wakefield Line, a new 345-kilovolt (kV) underground transmission line that will connect Eversource’s Woburn Substation in Woburn and National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation in Wakefield. The proposed line will extend approximately 8.5 miles between two existing substations, passing through Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield, MA. The project also includes improvements within the existing fence lines of the Woburn and Wakefield Substations.
Eversource will be constructing the new line from the Woburn substation through Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham. National Grid will complete construction from the Stoneham/Wakefield border to the Wakefield Junction Substation.
Typical construction equipment involved in underground construction of this nature include, but are not limited to: excavators, dump trucks; crew cab pick up trucks; vacuum trucks; and portable generators.
For more information specific to the Towns of Woburn, Winchester, and Stoneham, please visit Eversource’s Project web page, click here.
For more information about the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, please view our project overview sheet.
For a full listing of past events and public outreach, click here.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Woburn to Wakefield line, click here.
For Traffic Management Plans Part A, click here.
For Traffic Management Plans Part B, click here.
Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board Filings
To view the MA EFSB's file room docket for this proceeding, please click HERE and enter "EFSB15-04" in the "Docket Number" box at the top left of the page. You can also find links to each of the individual filing documents by clicking HERE.
Route Selection Criteria and Scoring
To view route selection criteria and scoring information, please click HERE.