MBTA Right-of-Way Update

We're happy to report that our team has removed the majority of railroad track and tie on the right-of-way between Salem Street and Fitch Court. Contractors have also cleaned trash and other debris that had accumulated over the years from this section of the right-of-way.

Over the next two weeks, you can expect to see our crews working to complete the following tasks along other sections of the right-of-way:

  • Removal of unused rail and ties.
  • Installation of rock barriers at access created due to clearing to limit future dumping along the right-of-way.
  • Test pit work to confirm subsurface conditions.
  • Removal of abandoned appliances and machinery; stacks of rails and ties, piles of asphalt and general debris.

As always, if you have any questions about the above referenced work, we encourage you to contact a member of our outreach team on our dedicated project hotline (844-646-8427) via email at info@ma-nhsolution.com.

Substation Update

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.

Wakefield residents sign up to receive updates on Wakefield portion of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project by clicking here.

Project Overview

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 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

For more information about the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, please view our project overview sheet.

 

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