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WEST ROXBURY TO NEEDHAM RELIABILITY PROJECT

This construction project will improve the transmission system in the Boston area so customers will have reliable power to meet their growing energy needs.

At Eversource, we're always working to serve you better. For the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project, Eversource proposes to separate the overhead transmission lines on existing double-circuit towers on the right of way (power line corridor) between substations in the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury and Needham, Mass.

The project route will cross about 4.5 miles between the Baker Street Substation in West Roxbury and the Needham Substation in Needham. The separation work will involve relocating 1.6 miles of the line onto new sets of structures on the rights of way in Boston, Dedham and Needham.

In Needham, the newly separated line will exit the overhead right of way on Valley Road and transition to underground. The underground line will then extend about 3 miles on the preferred route from Valley Road to Needham Substation.

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Project Facts:

  • Route length: Approximately 4.5 miles
  • Towns: Boston, Dedham, and Needham, Mass.
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) overhead and underground transmission line
  • Siting review by: Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)

Estimated Timetable (subject to change):

  • Petition filing: June 2016
  • Petition approval by the EFSB: May 17, 2018
  • Public outreach and consultation with municipal authorities: Ongoing
  • Start of construction: June 2018 
  • Estimated in-service date: September 2019

ENERGY FACILITIES SITING BOARD (EFSB)

For an electric transmission line project, such as the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) Petition filing is part of the siting regulatory review process, as defined by Massachusetts state statutes.

On May 17, 2018, Eversource received approval from the EFSB to construct the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project. See the EFSB 16-02 Final Decision 5-17-18

Construction Updates

First, please know that Eversource takes every safety precaution while working in local communities, and that all people working on the construction project carry identification.

Eversource is committed to updating neighbors, businesses and the community about project activities, especially during construction. Please note that the project work will not interrupt electric service to homes or businesses.

Project construction began in June 2018 and is expected to be complete in mid-2019.

Work hours during construction will typically be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays in non-residential areas. During the school year, work requiring detours along a school bus route will not start until 9 a.m. Due to unexpected weather or other circumstances, the work hours may be extended or performed on a Sunday.

Police officers will be stationed at every major intersection where construction is taking place. 

Week of December 10, 2018:

  • In Cutler Park, crews removed protective matting and construction equipment.

Week of December 17, 2018:

  • In Cutler Park, crews will continue to remove protective matting and construction equipment.

 

   

Week of December 10, 2018:

  • In Cutler Park, crews removed protective matting and construction equipment.

Week of December 17, 2018:

  • No work is scheduled in Dedham this week.
 

Week of December 10, 2018:

  • On Valley Road, crews excavated for a duct bank, which houses electric cables.
  • On South Street, between Old Farm Road and Great Plain Avenue, crews began installation for a manhole, a pre-cast concrete vault.
  • In Cutler Park, the portion of the Blue Heron Trail that crosses the MBTA right of way will be closed through winter 2019, due to construction.

Week of December 17, 2018:

  • On Valley Road, crews will continue excavating for a duct bank, which houses electric cables. The road will be closed except for local traffic.
  • On South Street, between Old Farm Road and Great Plain Avenue, crews will continue installation of a manhole, a pre-cast iron vault. South Street will be closed between Old Farm Road and Great Plain Avenue between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside work hours, there will be a one-way detour set up through December 21.
  • On the right of way (power line corridor) off Valley Road, crews will remove old transmission wire from existing structures.
  • In Cutler Park, the portion of the Blue Heron Trail that crosses the MBTA right of way will be closed through winter 2019, due to construction.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLANS

Working in consultation with town and state officials, including the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Eversource has developed a set of Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for each section of the West Roxbury to Needham Reliability Project.

The TMPs include conditions specific to routing as made by the EFSB in its final decision. The TMPs illustrate detailed site plans, showing underground line locations, hours of construction, area-specific traffic controls, and more.

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our work in your community. For more information about the project, send an email to TransmissionInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.