Whitefield to Northumberland (D142) Line Rebuild Project

Why Are We Doing This Project?

Recent inspections and engineering analysis of the D142 line revealed that many of the structures are in poor condition due to their age, woodpecker damage, insect damage and pole rot.

A total of 202 wooden H-frame structures are being removed or replaced with weathering steel H-frame structures. The conductor (wire) is being replaced, and fiber optic cable, known as Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), is being installed the entire length of the line.

Improvements are part of our ongoing investments to deliver reliable energy to our customers and communities.

Where Is The Work Being Done?

This work is taking place within the existing right-of-way (power line corridor) of the D142 line, a 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line built in 1948 that is 18 miles long.

D142-line-rebuild

The D142 line starts at the Whitefield substation and terminates at the Lost Nation substation in Northumberland.

This transmission line crosses the following roads:

Whitefield

Lancaster Road (Route 3), Jefferson Road (Route 116), Hatfield Drive, Nutting Road

Lancaster

Wesson Road, Portland Street (Route 2), North Road, Grange Road

Northumberland

Page Hill Road, Lost Nation Road

When Is The Work Being Done? 

  • Local and State permitting: Second and third quarter 2021, complete
  • Work area preparation: August 2021
  • Start of construction: September 2021
  • Projected in-service date: Fourth quarter 2022
  • Restoration completion: Fourth quarter 2022   

Construction Updates

See the construction fact sheet for details about each construction activity listed below.

See the construction map set for the locations of structures.  

The below photo is from the north side of Route 2 in Lancaster. A new steel structure has been installed, and the old wooden poles (foreground) will be removed in the near future.

Route 2 Lancaster (002)

Week of July 25, 2022

Restoration at structures:

  • 31-39,46,48-49,62-65 – Page Hill Road, Northumberland
  • 79-90 – North Road, Lancaster
  • 105 – Portland Street, Lancaster

Week of August 1, 2022

Restoration at structures:

  • 31-39,46,48-49,62-65 – Page Hill Road, Northumberland
  • 79-90 – North Road, Lancaster
  • 105 – Portland Street, Lancaster

Community Outreach

We're committed to engaging municipal officials, residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders about upcoming project activities through municipal briefings, mailings, site meetings, virtual meetings and door-to-door outreach, while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing and other related health and safety guidelines.

We utilize a variety of outreach methods to ensure that all customers and property owners along our transmission lines receive adequate and timely information about our projects. For this project, we are sending periodic updates as letters mailed directly to all stakeholders, as well as a combination of the following additional methods:

  • Door-to-door outreach
  • Site visits (upon request)
  • Virtual meetings (upon request)
  • Signage placed strategically near construction areas or in residential areas
  • Regular field presence to ensure the safety of our customers, nearby property owners, and our construction crews

Project fact sheet

Construction fact sheet

Most recent project update letter

Commitment to Safety

We take every safety precaution while working in local communities, and all people working on the construction project carry identification. The project work will not interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

We remain committed to prioritizing public health as well as the health of employees and contractors during COVID-19. All Eversource personnel follow applicable health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Contact Information 

Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our work in your community.

For questions or more information about the project, please contact us at 1-888-926-5334 or NHProjectsInfo@eversource.com.