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Here’s what to expect from the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project during the week of June 14.
Ongoing duct bank installation on the portion of Salem Street, between Lowell Street and Chapman Road continues this week. Hours of construction at this work site remain unchanged (Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM). Please continue to follow the direction of police details on site as an alternating two-way traffic pattern will be in place during work hours.
Looking ahead to the week of June 21, you can expect to see activity on the unused section of the MBTA Right-of-Way between Richardson Street and Salem Street as contractors work to pave the right-of-way. Once paving is complete it will mark the completion of our work on the right-of-way.
*Over the next week neighbors can expect to see:
- Salem Street: Excavation and duct bank installation between Lowell Street and Chapman Road.
Traffic Management Updates:
- Salem Street: Alternating traffic pattern between Lowell Street and Chapman Road facilitated by police detail.
As 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 several 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.
For more information about National Grid’s response to COVID-19, please visit: ngrid.com/covid-19
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 [email protected], or by calling our project hotline 1-844-646-8427.
*Please note, due to the complexities of outdoor construction, schedule is subject to change.
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.