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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, among other things, conditions specific to routing by the EFSB in its decision, a site plan showing underground line location, hours of construction, and area-specific traffic controls.

Please note, TMPs are subject to change and may be updated.

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.

Construction activity is ongoing within public streets at the following locations:

  • Main Street between Montvale Avenue and Elm Street (day time work)
    • Please note that access from Main Street to Williams Street will at times be detoured and that clear signage will be in place to direct motorists.

On Main Street, crews are currently excavating trench and installing duct bank to contain the new line.

In addition to detoured access to Williams Street at time, alternate traffic patterns will be necessary on Main Street during work hours. Steel road plates will be used to safely secure the area at the end of each day. 

Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions will be necessary for the duration of the work. Parking restrictions will be clearly posted in advance.

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

Owners of property along this project who have questions are encouraged to contact the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to your inquiry via phone or email.

 

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

 

During the week of July 6, crews working for Eversource will conduct video surveys of MWRA sewers near Cross Street. Crews will access MWRA manholes located within existing MWRA easements.

During survey work, a vacuum truck will be used to prepare the lines for video surveys. Trucks, cables and personnel will be set up at each manhole location for several hours.

This survey work does not indicate the start of project construction in Winchester.

 

During the week of July 6, crews will return to Washington Street to excavate trench and install duct bank to contain new line. This activity will take place between the recently installed concrete vault near the intersection of Erie Street and Washington Street and continue to the Winchester town line on Washington Street.

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

Alternate traffic patterns will be necessary on Washington Street during work hours. Steel road plates will be used to safely secure the area at the end of each day.

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

Owners of property along this project who have questions are encouraged to contact the Eversource project hotline at 1-800-793-2202 or send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com. A field outreach representative will respond to your inquiry 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 have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. This effort 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.