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Woburn to Wakefield Line Project

Why Are We Doing This Project?

This project will improve reliability and address the growing need for electricity in the area.

Where Is This Work Being Done?

This project includes a new 345-kilovolt (kV) underground transmission line that will connect Eversource’s Woburn Substation and National Grid’s Wakefield Junction Substation.

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 the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution.

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

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Traffic Management Plans

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

The TMPs include conditions specific to routing by the Energy Facilities Siting Board (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.

When Is The Work Being Done?

  • Filed siting petition with the EFSB: September 25, 2015
  • Petition approved by the EFSB: February 28, 2018
  • Start of construction: 2018
  • Projected in-service date: Second quarter 2023

*subject to change

About this project

  • Route length: Approximately 8.5 miles
  • Line voltage: 345,000 volt (345-kilovolt [kV]) underground transmission line)
  • Siting review by: EFSB

Construction Updates

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Construction began in 2018 and work is not expected to interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

Stoneham

Over the next several weeks, crews will perform pipe testing at manhole locations along Elm Street, Main Street, and Montvale Avenue. During this work, box trucks and generators will be positioned at consecutive manhole locations for up to two weeks. Lane alterations will be necessary.

Roadway construction is complete for the 2022 construction season. Crews will return in 2023 to complete a culvert replacement, cable pulling and spicing, and final paving activities.

Please continue to check in for updates regarding upcoming work on Montvale Avenue near Lindenwood Cemetery.

You can speak to the crews, police detail officers, or contact the outreach team to inform them of known deliveries, visitors, or appointments. Additionally, due to weather, or unexpected circumstances, work hours may be extended, or work may be performed on alternative dates.

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

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

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.

Wakefield

For information specific to Wakefield, please visit the Greater Boston and New Hampshire Solution.

Winchester

On Washington Street, near the intersection of Sunset Road, crews have completed a crossing of the Aberjona River via Horizontal Directional Drill method (HDD) and are restoring sections of duct bank previously installed.

Also, on Washington Street, two crews will be working during the day to restore sections of duct bank in the roadway. Please note that lane restrictions and, at times, detours will be in place around this work site during work hours. Please follow the direction of posted signage and police details. Local access will be maintained. This work is expected to be complete next week.

Over the next few weeks on Cross Street, crews will be conducting test pits between Forest Street and Holton Street and between George Road and Wendell 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. Local access will be maintained.

Daytime, in-street construction activities will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

As construction continues, 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.

Woburn

On Lake Avenue, crews are conducting soil and water tests in preparation of the crossing of the Horn Pond Culvert.

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

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

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.

Siting Review

The Massachusetts ESFB Petition Filing is part of the regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes.

On February 28, 2018, we received approval from the EFSB to construct the project. See the EFSB 15-04 Final Decision.

Community Outreach

Before starting construction in a community, we mail start of construction letters to property owners along the route. In addition, door-to door outreach is done in advance of each major construction phase to keep property owners informed.

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 ProjectInfoMA@eversource.com.