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Cross Road to Fisher Road Reliability Project

As part of always working to serve you better, Eversource will install a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line on existing rights of way in Dartmouth, MA. 

The approved transmission line will address reliability and capacity issues throughout the Dartmouth and Westport areas. It will extend approximately 5.1 miles and connect the Cross Road Substation to the Fisher Road Substation in Dartmouth.

As a part of this project, Eversource will also be making other improvements to the Cross Road and the Fisher Road Substations.

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Project Facts: 

  • Route length: Approximately 5.1 miles
  • Town: Dartmouth, MA
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) overhead transmission line
  • Siting review by: Department of Public Utilities (DPU)
  • Public Open Houses: April 2016 and August 8, 2018
  • Filed Siting Petition with the DPU: March 22, 2019
  • DPU Public Hearing: July 23, 2019
  • DPU Evidentiary Hearings: February 4, 2020 and February 20, 2020
  • Final Decision Issued by DPU: September 14, 2020

Estimated Timetable (subject to change, pending necessary approvals):

  • Start of construction: Fourth Quarter 2020
  • Estimated in-service date: Second Quarter 2021

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. 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 November 30, 2020

  • Eversource crews will continue installing timber matting and environmental erosion controls onto the transmission line right of way. Timber mats are used to create access roads and allow for safe and efficient worksites, while protecting vegetation and wetlands. Crews will also be drilling for foundations at future structure locations off of Cross Road, Old Westport Road, and Chase Road. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Department of Public Utilities

In order to construct and operate the new overhead transmission line, Eversource filed a petition with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for approval. The petition filing is part of the regulatory review process, as defined by MA state statutes.

On March 22, 2019, Eversource submitted the following Siting Petition to the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB):

The DPU held a Public Comment Hearing on July 23, 2019, at the Southworth Library in Dartmouth, Mass.

Public Outreach

Eversource continues to engage town officials, residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders through municipal briefings, open houses, mailings and meetings – answering questions and listening to any concerns about the Project.

We hosted a public open house in Dartmouth on August 8, 2018, to give interested stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback to questions/concerns.

As the Project proceeds through the construction and restoration process, we will continue our community outreach efforts.

Contact Information

For more information about the project, please send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.