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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: Mid-2021

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

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

On Montvale Avenue, two trench excavation crews will continue working at night between Maple Street and Lindenwood Road.  Please note that at times, vehicle traffic on Montvale Avenue will be detoured and that clear signage will be in place to direct motorists.  Business and local access will be maintained.  Motorists traveling through the work zone will be facilitated by on-site police details.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details.  Work is expected to continue at this location through November

Also on Montvale Avenue, a third trench excavation crew will begin working during the day between Rafferty Road and Main Street.  Please note that a one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in place around this work site.  Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details.  Work is expected to continue at this location through November.  

Daytime construction activity on Main Street will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Nighttime construction activity on Montvale Avenue will occur between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 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 will be necessary for the duration of the 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.

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.

  

No construction at this time.

 

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

On Montvale Avenue, crews may continue test pit activity (where crews open the pavement to locate existing underground utilities) at night over the next several weeks.

Also near Montvale Avenue, but off the street, crews will begin preparing for an off-right-way trenchless crossing of the Aberjona River during daytime work hours.  

In the coming weeks, crews will return to Pickering Street between Lake Avenue and Border Street to excavate and install a precast concrete vault (manhole).

In late-October or early-November, crews will also return to Washington Street between Erie Street and Montvale Avenue to trench excavation and duct bank installation.

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

Alternate traffic patterns and vehicle detours will be necessary on both Pickering Street and Washington Street during work hours. 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.

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.