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Acushnet to New Bedford Line 142/143 Maintenance Project

Why Are We Doing This Project?

To improve system reliability, Eversource is proposing a maintenance project to upgrade 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines from Acushnet to New Bedford.

Where Is This Work Being Done?

The proposed transmission line maintenance project will extend 4.2 miles from the Acushnet Substation in Acushnet, crossing the Acushnet River, and through the city of New Bedford to the Pine Street Substation.


When Is The Work Being Done?

  • Filed Letter with the DPU: May 2023
  • Start of Construction: Q4 2024

*(subject to change, pending necessary approvals)

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About This Project

  • Route Length: 4.2 miles
  • Town/City: Acushnet and New Bedford, MA.
  • Line Voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) underground transmission line
  • DPU Section 72 Letter Filing: Completed on March 29, 2024

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Department of Public Utilities

To conduct maintenance on the underground transmission line, we filed a letter with the Massachusetts DPU informing the DPU of the project scope, the need for the maintenance work and outreach efforts to the public and municipalities. 

Public Outreach

We are engaging town and city officials, residents, businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders via municipal briefings, open houses, mailings, and meetings to answer questions and listen to concerns. As the proposed project proceeds through the siting and permitting process, we will keep you informed. Below is a summary of past outreach activities. 

  • In-street Level A Survey (test pitting) work is expected to commence in mid-April 2024. Notices will be shared regularly with abutting residents.
  • Open house event at Tia Maria’s European Café in New Bedford (View the presentation) (November 1, 2022)
  • Information table Salvation Army Food Pantry Day (October 26, 2022)
  • Focus group meeting at The Roasted Pig in New Bedford (View the invitation and agenda) (September 20, 2022)
  • Virtual focus group meeting (August 30, 2022)
  • Information table at the 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament (August 7, 2022)

Have Questions?

Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our work in your community.

For more information about this project, please call the project information hotline at 1-833-836-0302 or email