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With the new year underway, we would like to recap all that has been achieved over the course project in the past year.

To date, we have installed 65% of the duct bank, completed the MBTA Crossing on Broadway and installed the remaining manholes throughout the Town of Wakefield. This work could not have been achieved without the partnership of the Town of Wakefield’s DPW, WMGLD and Wakefield Police Department. We would like to thank them for their willingness to partner with us throughout the year.

Working through a global pandemic has had its challenges and we appreciate the patience shown to the project as much of the work has been done with residents at home more than usual. As we move into the new year, we will continue to work with residents that are affected by the project.

A reminder that while construction has paused for the winter, you may see our environmental inspectors visiting areas along the route over the coming months to monitor environmental conditions. As always, if you have questions about any of our current or upcoming work, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Feel free to call our toll-free project hotline at 844-646-8427 or email a member of our project team at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

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

Event Notifications