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WOBURN TO WAKEFIELD LINE PROJECT

To improve reliability and address the growing need for electricity, Eversource is preparing to construct its portion of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project.

At Eversource, we're always working to serve you better. This project includes a new 345-kilovolt (kV) underground transmission line that will connect Eversource’s Woburn Substation in Woburn and National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation in Wakefield, Mass.

The line will extend approximately 8.5 miles between two existing substations, passing through Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield. The project also includes improvements within the existing fence lines of the Woburn and Wakefield substations.

Eversource will be constructing the new line from the Woburn Substation through Woburn, Winchester and Stoneham to the Wakefield border. For more information specific to the Town of Wakefield, please visit National Grid's website.

Map showing the route of the new Woburn to Wakefield transmission line.

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Project Facts:

  • Route Length: Approximately 8.5 miles
  • Towns: Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, and Wakefield, Mass.
  • Line Voltage: 345,000 volt (345-kilovolt [kV]) underground transmission line)
  • Siting Review By: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)
  • Filed Siting Petition with the EFSB: September 25, 2015
  • Petition approved by the EFSB: February 28, 2018

Estimated Timetable (subject to change):

  • Start of construction (pending all necessary permit approvals): Second Quarter 2020
  • Estimated in-service date: May 2022

Energy Facilities Siting Board

For an electric transmission line project, such as the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Petition Filing is part of the regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes.

On February 28, 2018, Eversource received approval from the EFSB to construct the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project. See the EFSB 15-04 Final Decision.

Traffic Management Plans

Working in consultation with town officials, Eversource is developing Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for the construction of the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project.

The TMPs include conditions specific to routing by the EFSB in its decision, a detailed site plan showing underground line location, hours of construction, and area-specific traffic controls. All TMPs are subject to change and may be updated often.

Due to size, TMPs may take extra time to open/download.

Construction Updates

Eversource is committed to keeping neighbors, businesses and community members up-to-date on project activities during construction.

Construction began in the second quarter of 2020 and work is not expected to interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

Here is what to expect in Stoneham on the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project this week: 

There is no construction activity in Stoneham at this time. Crews will return to Stoneham in the Spring of 2021 to complete remaining sections of work on Montvale Avenue, Main Street and Elm Street.

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all your inquiries via phone or email.

 

For information specific to Wakefield, please visit National Grid's website.

  

Here is what to expect in Winchester on the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project this week:

On Washington Street, a trench crew will be working during the day between D Street and Washington Avenue to excavate a small portion of duct bank tying into the recently installed precast concrete vault (manhole). Please note that vehicle detours will be in place around this work site.  Motorists will follow posted signage and police details will be in place to direct motorists.  Local access will be maintained. Work is expected to continue at this location through January.

Motorists will be detoured following posted signage to D Street, Central Street and Montvale Avenue.

Starting soon on Cross Street, crews will be working during the day to access several existing MWRA sewer manholes for cleaning. This will involve a traffic setup at the manhole locations typically utilizing lane restrictions. Work is expected to continue at this location through January.

Daytime construction activity will occur between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Steel road plates will be used to safely secure the area at the end of each work shift.

Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions may be necessary during certain phases of the work. Parking restrictions will be clearly posted in advance.

As construction continues, please note that the Winchester Police Department may modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise.  This includes street closures and traffic detours to ensure public safety.  Please exercise caution when approaching active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and to avoid interfering with construction.

Once work in your area is complete, crews will temporarily pave sections of the road. Final restoration activities will occur when the project is complete in 2022.

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all inquiries via phone or email.

 
Here is what to expect in Woburn on the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project this week: 

On Montvale Avenue, a trench excavation crew is working at night between Washington Street and Rainin Road. Please note that the traffic management plan in place necessitates lane restrictions around the active work site during work hours. Access to businesses will be maintained. Work is expected to continue at this location into February.

On Washington Street, a trench excavation crew will continue working during the day between Montvale Avenue and Grape Street. Please note that a detour for motorists will be in place around this work site during work hours. Always exercise caution when traveling around work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and damage to personal vehicles and properties.  Work is expected to continue at this location through January.
 
We advise motorists to follow the posted detour signage connecting vehicles traveling on Washington Street to use Central Street.

Daytime construction activity on Washington Street will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
Nighttime construction activity on Montvale Avenue will occur between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
 
Steel road plates will be used to safely secure the area at the end of each work shift.
 
Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions may be necessary during certain phases of the work. Parking restrictions will be clearly posted in advance.
 
As construction continues, please note that the Woburn Police Department may modify the traffic management plans based on their judgement and expertise. This includes street closures and traffic detours to ensure public safety.  Please exercise caution when approaching active work areas to minimize risks to personal safety and to avoid interfering with construction.

Once work in your area is complete, crews will temporarily pave sections of the road. Final restoration activities will occur when the project is complete in 2022. 

Owners of property along this project route are encouraged to direct questions and concerns to the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to all your inquiries via phone or email.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Before starting construction in a community, we will mail start of construction letters to property owners along the route. Door-to-door outreach efforts for the project are currently limited to mailing letters and leaving door hangers without knocking (to avoid face-to-face communication). Full in-person communication efforts will resume when appropriate.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the Woburn to Wakefield Line Project, send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.