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Greenwich Substation and Line Project

Eversource is constructing new underground transmission lines; modifying the Cos Cob Substation to accommodate the new lines; and constructing the new Greenwich Substation. 

PROJECT DESIGN

As part of always working to serve you better, Eversource is constructing two, new 115-kilovolt (kV) electric lines and building a new substation to improve reliability in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The new transmission lines will extend 2.3 miles from Eversource’s existing Cos Cob Substation on Sound Shore Drive to the new Greenwich Substation at 290 Railroad Avenue. The lines will run underground, primarily under town streets, including those in Bruce Park.

The project also includes modifications at the Cos Cob Substation located at 12 Sound Shore Drive.

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Project Facts:

  • Underground route length: 2.3 miles
  • Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) transmission line
  • Substation: One new transmission-level substation and modifications to the existing Cos Cob Substation
  • Siting review by: The Connecticut Siting Council (CSC)
  • Application filing to the CSC: June 26, 2015
  • CSC Decision issued: November 9, 2017
  • Cos Cob Substation start of modifications: May 12, 2018
  • Start of preparation for warehouse building demolition and pre-construction site preparation for Greenwich Substation: September 12, 2018
  • Start of construction for the new underground transmission lines: April 1, 2019
  • Start of warehouse building demolition for Greenwich Substation: April 1, 2019
  • Start of construction of the new Greenwich Substation: July 29, 2019

Next Steps (estimated timetable, subject to change):

  • Estimated project completion: 2020

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT PLANS

Following receipt of the CSC’s application approval, Eversource is required to submit construction plans, called Development & Management Plans (D&M Plans), to the CSC for its Decision before construction can begin. These plans include, but are not limited to, further design detail, final site plan, construction sequencing, traffic management plans, work hours and laydown/staging areas. There are multiple D&M Plans for this project.

On February 20, 2018, Eversource submitted the Cos Cob Substation D&M Plan to the CSC. The CSC issued its Decision on April 12, 2018.

On May 18, 2018, Eversource submitted the Greenwich Substation Warehouse Building Demolition and Pre-Construction Site Preparation D&M Plan to the CSC. The CSC issued its Decision on June 21, 2018.

On October 3, 2018, Eversource submitted the Greenwich 115-kV Underground Transmission Lines D&M Plan to the CSC. The CSC issued its Decision on the D&M Plan for the underground transmission lines on January 17, 2019, including the following eight appendices: 

On February 4, 2019, Eversource submitted the Greenwich Substation Construction D&M Plan to the CSC. The CSC issued its Decision on the D&M Plan for the Greenwich Substation on March 29, 2019, including the following seven appendices:

On May 3, 2019, Eversource submitted the Indian Harbor Crossing D&M Plan for the 115-kV Double-Circuit Underground Transmission Lines to the CSC. The CSC issued its Decision on May 24, 2019, including the following seven appendices:

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

First, please know that Eversource takes every safety precaution while working in local communities, and that all people working on the construction project carry identification.

Please note that the project work will not interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

Eversource is committed to updating neighbors, businesses and the community about project activities, especially during construction. Public outreach and coordination with the Town of Greenwich is ongoing throughout the project. Eversource representatives will occasionally go door-to-door to communicate with neighbors about the nearby construction project. They may leave an informational doorhanger at a home or business or knock on the door to provide an update on project work.

Construction will take place in phases. Work may occur in several locations along the project route at the same time, and work hours will be location-specific. Please refer to the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for detailed information on work hours.

The sections below feature construction updates for both substations and the new underground transmission line. As construction progresses, this section will be updated with information for each street affected by construction of the underground lines. Please keep in mind that the construction schedule is approximate and may change. Due to weather or other circumstances, from time to time the crews may need to work longer hours or work on a Sunday.

Modifications to the Cos Cob Substation began in May 2018. 

Testing and commissioning of the new underground transmission lines will continue over the next several weeks in preparation of energization later this Fall. This work will occur within the fence line of the Cos Cob Substation.

Work hours will typically be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Construction of the new 115-kV underground transmission lines is now complete. Restoration activities will continue through Fall 2020.

Week of October 18, 2020:  

Final Restoration Paving:

  • Final restoration paving is complete on Sound Shore Drive, Indian Field Road, Bruce Park Drive, Woods Road, Davis Avenue (excluding the area near the traffic island), Indian Harbor Drive, Museum Drive and Railroad Avenue. 
  • A&J Paving will begin milling and paving curb to curb on Arch Street between Steamboat Road and Railroad Avenue, and on Davis Avenue near the traffic island. This work will occur at night, Sunday through Thursday, between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.

Day Work:

  • General restoration activities will continue along the project route. Typical work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Night Work: 

  • Arch Street: In preparation of final curb to curb paving, crews will continue trench restoration activities on Arch Street between Steamboat Road and Railroad Avenue. Other restoration activities, including the installation of curbing and sidewalk ramps, will continue on Arch Street as well. This work will occur at night, Sunday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. A single lane closure and an alternating traffic pattern will be implemented around the work areas.
 

Testing and commissioning of the new substation and underground transmission lines will continue between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. At times, some 24-hour work will be required. This work will occur inside the substation.

Landscaping activities around the substation wall will continue over the next several weeks.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN

Working in consultation with town and state officials, including the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Eversource has developed a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for construction of the Greenwich Substation and Line Project.

The TMP includes hours of construction, area-specific traffic controls and detour plans for each segment of the underground line route.

Some of the files below are large in size and might take some time to load or download. Please note, detour plans are subject to change and may be updated.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Beginning with municipal briefings and other community outreach efforts, Eversource engages the community throughout the lifecycle of a project to provide information, answer questions and listen to concerns.

As the project proceeds through construction, Eversource is committed to updating neighbors, businesses, and the Greenwich community about construction activities in the area. 

If you would like to receive weekly email updates about the project's progress, please contact us at ProjectInfo@eversource.com to subscribe.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the Greenwich Substation and Line Project, please email ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.