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WOBURN TO WAKEFIELD LINE PROJECT

To improve reliability and address the growing need for electricity, Eversource is constructing 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
  • Projected 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 this week:

On Montvale Avenue, an excavation crew will continue working during the day to complete a section of duct bank between Cottage Street and Rafferty Road.  Please note that lane restrictions and vehicle detours will be in place around this work site during work hours.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists.  Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. This work is expected to be complete in 2 weeks.

On Elm Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to install duct bank between Crescent Street and the Wakefield town line.  Please note that lane restrictions will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to be complete in 2 weeks.

On Elm Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to install duct bank between Norval Avenue and High Street.  Please note that lane restrictions will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to continue into November.

Also on Elm Street, crews will be working during the day to install a precast concrete vault (manhole) at the intersection of Elm Street and High Street.  Please note that lane restrictions will be in place around this work site during work hours.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists.  Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. This work is expected to continue for 2 weeks.

Also on Elm Street, crews are preparing for a trenchless crossing of the Aberjona River between Main Street and Collincote Street during daytime work hours. Please note that lane restrictions and detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists. Local access and large vehicle traffic will be maintained. This work is expected to continue into October and will be monitored as it overlaps with a portion of the Stoneham Central Middle School calendar.

Daytime construction activity on Montvale Avenue will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Daytime construction activity on Elm Street will occur between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Daytime construction activity on Elm Street between Main Street and Collincote Street will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and occasional Saturdays.

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

As construction continues, please note that the Stoneham 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.

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

Here is what to expect in Winchester this week:

On Washington Street, crews will resume working during the day to install a precast concrete vault (manhole) between Sunset Road and Forest Street.  Please note that vehicle detours will be in place around this work site utilizing Sunset Road, Grant Street, and Forest Street during work hours.  On occasion, work hours may be extended.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists.  Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. This work is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

Starting soon on Washington Street, an excavation crew will be working during the day to install duct bank between Sunset Road and Cross Street.  Please note that lane restrictions and vehicle detours will be in place around this work site during work hours.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists.  Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. This work is expected to begin soon and continue for several weeks.

Starting soon on Washington Street, crews will be preparing a trenchless crossing of the Aberjona River.  This work is expected to begin in the Fall and continue for several weeks.

Starting soon on Pickering Street, an excavation crew will continue working during the day to install duct bank between Border Street and Lake Avenue. Please note that vehicle detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists. Local access will be maintained. In-street parking may be limited. This work is expected to continue for several weeks.

Crews will return to complete remaining sections of work on Cross Street in the spring.

Daytime construction activity on Washington Street will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Starting June 21, daytime construction activity on Washington Street will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

As construction continues, please note that the Stoneham 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 this week:

Soon on Montvale Avenue, work activities will include road and sidewalk restoration. Some work activities will be complete on Saturdays.

Starting soon on Pickering Street, crews will be working during the day to install a precast concrete vault (manhole) between Border Street and Lake Avenue.  Please note that lane restrictions and detours will be in place around this work site during work hours.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists.  Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. This work is expected to begin in mid- October and continue for three weeks.

On Border Street, an excavation crew will continue working during the day to install duct bank between Main Street and Pickering Street. Please note that vehicle detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details in place to direct motorists. Local access will be maintained. In-street parking may be limited. This work is expected to continue for several weeks. 

Daytime construction activity in Woburn will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and occasional Saturdays.

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.