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WEST ROXBURY TO NEEDHAM RELIABILITY PROJECT

This construction project will improve the transmission system in the Boston area so customers will have reliable power to meet their growing energy needs.

At Eversource, we're proud to serve the neighborhoods where we work and live. For the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project, our crews are working to separate the overhead transmission lines on existing double-circuit towers on the right of way (power line corridor) between substations in the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury and Needham, Mass.

The project route crosses about 4.5 miles between the Baker Street Substation in West Roxbury and the Needham Substation in Needham. The separation work involves relocating 1.6 miles of the line onto new sets of structures on the rights of way in Boston, Dedham and Needham.

In Needham, the newly separated line exits the overhead right of way on Valley Road and transitions to underground. The underground line will then extend about 3 miles from Valley Road to Needham Substation.

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Project Facts:

  • Route length: Approximately 4.5 miles
  • Towns: Boston, Dedham, and Needham, Mass.
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) overhead and underground transmission line
  • Siting review by: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)
  • Petition filing: June 2016
  • Petition approval by the EFSB: May 17, 2018
  • Start of construction: June 2018 

Estimated Timetable (subject to change):

  • Estimated in-service date: October 2019

ENERGY FACILITIES SITING BOARD (EFSB)

For an electric transmission line project, such as the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Petition filing is part of the siting regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes.

On May 17, 2018, Eversource received approval from the EFSB to construct the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project. See the EFSB 16-02 Final Decision 5-17-18

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.

Eversource is committed to updating neighbors, businesses and the community about project activities, especially during construction. Public outreach and consultation with municipal authorities is ongoing throughout the project.

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

Project construction began in June 2018 and is expected to be complete in October 2019.

Work hours during construction will typically be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays in non-residential areas. During the school year, work requiring detours along a school bus route will not start until 9 a.m. Due to unexpected weather or other circumstances, the work hours may be extended or performed on a Sunday.

Police officers will be stationed at every major intersection where construction is taking place. 

Week of May 13, 2019:

  • No project work took place in Boston this week.

Week of May 20, 2019:

  • There is no project work scheduled for Boston this week.
     
     

Week of May 13, 2019:

  • Crews were in Cutler Park to update erosion controls and grade the access roads.

Week of May 13, 2019:

  • Crews will be in Cutler Park to update erosion controls and grade the access roads.

Week of May 13, 2019: 

  • On High Rock Street between Richardson Drive and Emerson Road, crews continued to excavate and install duct bank, which houses electric cable. 
  • On South Street between Great Plains Avenue and Longacre Road, crews continued to excavate and install duct bank.
  • On Valley Road between the cul-de-sac and Norwich Road, crews continued to excavate and install duct bank.
  • On Peacedale Road between Norwich Road and Intervale Road, crews continued to install a manhole (a precast concrete vault).
  • Crews were in Cutler Park to update erosion controls and grade the access roads.

Week of May 20, 2019: 

  • On High Rock Street, between Richardson Drive and Emerson Road, crews will continue to excavate and install duct bank, which houses electric cable. One lane will be closed, resulting in alternating traffic patterns.
  • On South Street between Great Plain Avenue and Longacre Road, crews will continue to excavate and install duct bank. The road will be closed and there will be a detour in place during work hours.
  • On Valley Road between the cul-de-sac and Norwich Road, crews will begin to excavate and install duct bank. The road will be closed except for local traffic.
  • On Peacedale Road between Norwich Road and Intervale Road, crews will install drainage at the manhole (a precast concrete vault). The road will be closed, and a detour will be in place during working hours.
  • Crews will be in Cutler Park to update erosion controls and grade the access roads. 

 

Traffic Management Plans

Working in consultation with town and state officials, including the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Eversource has developed a set of Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for each section of the West Roxbury to Needham 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our work in your community. For more information about the project, send an email to TransmissionInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.