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Here’s what to expect from the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project this week. 

First, we’d like to highlight a change to our construction schedule for Montrose Avenue. 

As you may have noticed there is no construction taking place on Montrose Avenue today. We have re-sequenced our construction schedule for the street in order to provide residents a respite from ongoing construction. All road plates have been removed from Montrose Avenue. Please note that excavation and duct bank installation on the street will resume in late-Fall or early-Winter. When we resume construction on Montrose Avenue later this year, we look forward to wrapping up our work safely and as quickly as possible. 

Starting this week, our construction schedule calls for crew remobilization on Salem Street. In an effort to complete work on Salem Street safely and as quickly as possible multiple crews will focus on excavation and duct bank installation near Tyler Lane. Please note that this section of Salem Street will be closed to through-traffic while this work is taking place. Residential and emergency vehicles will have access to the street facilitated by police details onsite. 

Looking further into next week’s construction schedule, our contractors are on track to complete remaining work at our current worksite on Water Street. Once construction at this work site is complete, this crew will join the crews on Salem Street in order to further accelerate our progress on the street. 

As a reminder, once all project construction is complete, the project route will be repaved, curb-to-curb, at National Grid’s expense. As you are likely aware, this includes sections of Albion Street, Broadway Street, North Avenue, Main Street, Salem Street, and Montrose Avenue as well as street crossings at Bennett Street, Richardson Street and Water Street. 

As previously mentioned, our project has reached some important milestones in recent months. Earlier this year our team successfully completed all twelve manhole-vault installations and, in early-September we reached another milestone of 50% completion of duct bank installation. 

Lastly, as part of our ongoing effort to complete our work as safely and as efficiently as possible, construction crews plan to extend their work at certain work sites through close of business on Saturdays (barring inclement weather and pending the availability of police details).

The Town of Wakefield would like to make you aware that upcoming private development work in the Lake and Foundry Street areas will also result in impacts to traffic patterns. The Town has created a webpage at www.wakefield.ma.us/grid to provide information for all construction activities in the Broadway/Foundry Street/Albion Street area, including National Grid’s Woburn-to-Wakefield Line Project.

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*Over the next week neighbors can expect to see:

  • Salem Street (near Tyler Lane): mobilization, excavation and duct bank installation.
  • Water Street: excavation and duct bank installation.
  • Broadway Street: WMGLD crews will be upgrading the town’s gas infrastructure.

Traffic Management Updates:

  • Salem Street (near Tyler Lane):no through-traffic between Lowell Street and New Salem Street, residential and emergency vehicle traffic only facilitated by police detail.
  • Water Street: limited two-way traffic facilitated by police detail.
  • Broadway Street: no through-traffic, business/customer, emergency and residential vehicle access only.

As duct bank construction continues, please note that the Wakefield Police Department has the option to modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise, including street closures and traffic detours to ensure the safety of the general public. As always, police details will be present at our work sites to facilitate vehicle and pedestrian traffic management. Please continue to exercise caution when approaching these active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety, and to avoid any interference with construction.

Please know that we remain committed to prioritizing public health as well as the health of employees and contractors. National Grid has taken a number of steps to modify our business practices and daily operations to protect the communities in which we work. We have enacted additional policies and guidelines for our field and office personnel that are in line with the Commonwealth’s Guidelines and Procedures for construction as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

As always, if you have questions about any of our current or upcoming work, please feel free to contact a member of our project outreach team by emailing us at info@ma-nhsolution.com, or by calling our project hotline 1-844-646-8427.

*Please note, due to the complexities of outdoor construction, schedule is subject to change.

Project Overview

WCAT, National Grid Cable Project in Wakefield - Construction in September 2019

Project Need, Benefits, and Route Information

Construction Process Information

Wakefield Project Fact Sheet.

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

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.

For more information specific to the Towns of Woburn, Winchester, and Stoneham, please visit Eversource’s Project web page, click here

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

Woburn to Wakefield Line Project Facts

  • Route Length

    • 8.5 miles

      Approximate Total Length

    Line Voltage

    • 345,000

      Volts (345-kV)

    Siting Regulator

    • Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)

      Massachusetts

  • Locations

    • Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, Wakefield

      Massachusetts

  • Estimated Timetable

    • Began Community Outreach

    • Environmental Notification Form (ENF) filed with Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)

    • Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Filing

    • EFSB Public Comment Hearing

    • Start of Construction (pending EFSB approval)

    • Estimated Project In-Service Date

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