Mystic - East Eagle - Chelsea Reliability Project
Electric demand is growing in eastern Massachusetts. The area needs an additional substation and transmission capacity to support the reliable delivery of electric power to meet the region's current demand.
At Eversource, we're always working to serve you better. We are installing a new substation in the East Eagle neighborhood of East Boston, Massachusetts; and two, new, underground transmission lines to connect the new substation to existing substations in Everett and Chelsea.
We are also making minor improvements within the fenced area of the existing Mystic Substation on Broadway in Everett, and the existing Chelsea Substation on Willoughby Street in Chelsea.
The East Eagle - Mystic transmission line will be constructed under the streets in Chelsea and Everett, and connect to an existing duct bank connecting Chelsea and East Boston. (A duct bank is a group of tubes buried underground that is designed to house electric lines.) The East Eagle - Chelsea transmission line will be located within an existing duct bank and manhole system in East Boston and Chelsea.
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Substation site map - East Eagle St.
- East Eagle Substation: New substation on Condor Street in East Boston, Mass.
- Route length: Approximately 5 miles
- Cities: Boston, Chelsea and Everett, Mass.
- Line voltage: 115,000 volts (115-kilovolt [kV])
- Siting review completed by: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in Massachusetts
- Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) approval: December 1, 2017
- File notice of Project Change Petition with the EFSB: November 15, 2018
- EFSB Notice of Project Change, Tentative Decision: February 28, 2020
- Start of construction on transmission lines: Second Quarter 2018
- Projected in-service date: First Quarter 2020 for transmission line
Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Links/PDFs:
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. The project work will not interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.
Eversource is committed to updating neighbors, businesses, and all community members about project activities, especially during construction. Please keep in mind that the construction schedule may change due to weather or other unexpected circumstances.
Week of June 1, 2020:
- Eversource crews will be working at the substation located off Alford Street, conducting upgrades. This work will be contained within the fence line.
- Crews will also be installing underground cable on Alford Street, near the Dexter Street intersection.
Week of June 1, 2020:
- Crews will be working on Marginal Street and Williams Street, digging trenches for conduits and conducting road restoration. Conduits are protective tubes for electrical lines.
- We will also be working on the Chelsea Substation at the end of Willoughby Street, completing conduit work and installing new equipment.
Week of June 1, 2020:
- There will be no work in Everett the week of June 1, 2020.
Before starting construction in a community, we host public open houses to give local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn more about the project and ask questions of our subject matter experts.
2019 - 2020 Open Houses
The East Eagle Substation information session was held on February 5, 2019. Following the information session, the Energy Facilities Siting Board held a public comment hearing. Additionally, the East Eagle Substation Aesthetic Open House was held on January 14, 2020.
East Eagle Substation Facts and Frequently Asked Questions
Eversource representatives listened carefully to the community's questions and concerns during the January 14, 2020, open house. As promised during the open house, we developed "Addressing the Concerns of the Community," a document with project facts and frequently asked questions about the East Eagle Substation in East Boston.
2018 Open Houses
Open houses were held in Chelsea on February 8 and June 14, 2018; and in Everett on February 27, 2018. As we begin construction in the local communities, we will mail start of construction letters to property owners along the route, and conduct door-to-door outreach to nearby property owners, residents and local businesses.
Boston City Council - Committee on City & Neighborhood Services
On Friday May 22, 2020, the City of Boston held a public hearing to discuss the approved East Eagle Street Substation; this matter was sponsored by Councilor Lydia Edwards and referred to the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services on January 29, 2020. During the hearing Eversource representatives listened intently and responded to the community's questions and concerns. As promised during the hearing, we're publishing our load forecasting graphics and our emergency response plan.
Traffic Management Plans
Working in consultation with town and state officials, including the Mass. Department of Transportation, Eversource has developed a set of Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for each section of the Mystic - East Eagle - Chelsea Reliability Project.
The TMPs include conditions specific to routing as made by the EFSB in its final decision. The TMPs illustrate detailed site plans, showing underground line locations, hours of construction, area-specific traffic controls, and more.
Please note, TMPs are subject to change and may be updated.
For more information about the project, send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.