Here's an update on our progress over the past week and look ahead to scheduled construction activity for next week.

We are pleased to note that temporary restoration has been completed at the New Salem Street MBTA Right-of-Way (ROW) crossing and near Fitch Court. 

This week, our priority is cleaning and securing the Salem Street jack and bore work site (between Daniel Road and Tobey Lane). Throughout the week, our crews will backfill these excavation sites and restore the roadway with temporary pavement. Please note that all through-traffic will remain subject to an alternating traffic pattern at all times as directed by the temporary traffic lights located at each end of the work zone. Drivers travelling past the work zone should expect intermittent delays due to necessary staging of construction equipment and materials during demobilization. We are working to safely reopen the road as soon as possible to a normal traffic pattern.

This week’s construction schedule also calls for work at two locations along MBTA ROW. One crew will continue duct bank installation on the MBTA ROW between Salem Street and Fitch Court. A secondary crew will continue duct bank installation on the MBTA ROW between North Avenue and Main Street (adjacent to Jiffy Lube). 

Lastly, we will begin duct bank installation along the National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation Driveway, between the substation and Montrose Avenue. 

*Over the next week neighbors can expect to see:

  • Salem Street Jack and Bore Operations: securing and cleaning the work site
  • MBTA ROW: duct bank excavation and installation between Salem Street and Fitch Court, and North Avenue and Main Street (adjacent to Jiffy Lube)
  • National Grid Wakefield Junction Substation Driveway: continued duct bank excavation and installation

Traffic Management Updates:

  • Salem Street Temporary Traffic Light Installation: single-lane alternating traffic pattern facilitated by the two temporary traffic lights on Salem Street near Daniel Road, and near Tobey Lane

As a reminder, we have temporarily suspended all non-essential direct outreach to residents and businesses. Please know that our project outreach team remains available by phone or email to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.

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, or by calling our project hotline at 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)


  • Locations

    • Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, Wakefield


  • 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

Event Notifications