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WOBURN TO WAKEFIELD LINE PROJECT

To improve reliability and address the growing need for electricity, Eversource is constructing its portion of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project.

At Eversource, we're always working to serve you better. This project includes 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, Mass.

The line will extend approximately 8.5 miles between two existing substations, passing through Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield. The project also includes improvements within the existing fence lines of the Woburn and Wakefield substations.

Eversource is constructing the new line from the Woburn Substation through Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham to the Wakefield border. For more information specific to the Town of Wakefield, please visit the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution.

Map showing the route of the new Woburn to Wakefield transmission line.

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Project Facts:

  • Route Length: Approximately 8.5 miles
  • Towns: Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield, Mass.
  • Line Voltage: 345,000 volt (345-kilovolt [kV]) underground transmission line)
  • Siting Review By: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)
  • Filed Siting Petition with the EFSB: September 25, 2015
  • Petition approved by the EFSB: February 28, 2018

Estimated Timetable (subject to change):

  • Start of construction: 2018
  • Projected in-service date: Q2 2023

Energy Facilities Siting Board

For an electric transmission line project, such as the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Petition Filing is part of the regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes.

On February 28, 2018, Eversource received approval from the EFSB to construct the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project. See the EFSB 15-04 Final Decision.

Traffic Management Plans

Working in consultation with town officials, we developed Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for the construction of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project.

The TMPs include conditions specific to routing by the EFSB in its decision, a detailed site plan showing underground line location, hours of construction, and area-specific traffic controls. All TMPs are subject to change and may be updated often.

Due to size, TMPs may take extra time to open/download.

Construction Updates

Eversource is committed to keeping neighbors, businesses and community members informed on project activities during construction. Sign up to receive email updates

Construction began in 2018 and work is not expected to interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

Here is what to expect in Stoneham this week: 

Please continue to check in for updates regarding upcoming work on Montvale Avenue.

On Elm Street, crews will continue a trenchless crossing of the Aberjona River between Main Street and Collincote Street.  Please note that lane restrictions and detours will be in place around this work site during work hours.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details Local access and large vehicle traffic will be maintained.  This work is expected to continue into July.

Daytime construction activity on Elm Street, near Main Street, will occur on alternating weekly schedules between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Monday through Thursday. 

Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions may be necessary during certain phases of work.  Parking restrictions will be clearly posted in advance.

As construction continues, the Stoneham Police Department may modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise. This includes street closures and traffic detours to ensure public safety. 

Please exercise caution when approaching active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and to avoid interfering with construction.

Once work in your area is complete, crews will temporarily pave sections of the road. Final restoration activities will occur when the project is complete.

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all inquiries via phone or email.

For information specific to Wakefield, please visit the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution.

Here is what to expect in Winchester this week: 

On Washington Street, near the intersection of Sunset Road, crews will be preparing a trenchless crossing of the Aberjona River. This work is expected to continue for several weeks.

On Cross Street, one excavation crew will be working during the day to excavate duct bank between Washington Street and Forest Street.  A second crew will install a manhole (vault) between Marion Street and Cardinal Street. Please note that lane restrictions and, at times, detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to continue for several weeks.

On Washington Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to connect duct bank through the Forest Street intersection.  Please note that lane restrictions and, at times, detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to continue for several weeks and continue on Washington Street toward Cross Street.

On Cross Street, near Main Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to install a small section of duct bank.  Please note that lane restrictions and vehicle detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is on pause for the next few weeks.

Daytime, in-street construction activities will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions may be necessary during certain phases of work.  Parking restrictions will be clearly posted in advance.

As construction continues, the Winchester Police Department may modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise. This includes street closures and traffic detours to ensure public safety. Please exercise caution when approaching active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and to avoid interfering with construction.

Once work in your area is complete, crews will temporarily pave sections of the road. Final restoration activities will occur when the project is complete.

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all inquiries via phone or email.

Here is what to expect in Woburn this week:  

You may expect activity on Border Street and Main Street intersection as crews upgrade existing underground utilities.

On Cross Street, near Main Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to install a small section of duct bank.  Please note that lane restrictions and, at times, detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to be complete in two weeks.

On Lake Avenue, an excavation crew will be working during the day to connect duct bank between the recently installed manhole (vault) on Pickering Street and Arlington Road.  Please note that lane restrictions and, at times, detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Detours will utilize Arlington Road. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is paused for the next few weeks.

Daytime construction activity in Woburn will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Steel road plates will be used to safely secure the area at the end of each work shift.

As construction continues, please note that the Woburn Police Department may modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise. This includes street closures and traffic detours to ensure public safety. Please exercise caution when approaching active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and to avoid interfering with construction.

Once work in your area is complete, crews will temporarily pave sections of the road. Final restoration activities will occur when the project is complete.

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all inquiries via phone or email.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Before starting construction in a community, we mail start of construction letters to property owners along the route. In addition, door-to door outreach is done in advance of each major construction phase to keep property owners informed.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.