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Construction Update: November 7, 2022

This week you can expect the following activities in Salem:

– Continued activity on National Grid property on the corner of Ferry Street and Waite Street as crews work on the Waite Street substation.

– Duct bank excavation on Bridge Street, between Peirce Avenue and Essex Bridge.

This week you can expect the following activities in Beverly:

– Soil sampling and test pitting on Cross Lane, with crews continuing to Boyles Street

– Duct bank excavation on Congress Street between Wellman Street and Essex Bridge. Work at this location will begin the second half of the week.

– As a result of this work, the entrance to Congress Street via Cabot Street will be closed.

– Abutment work on Essex Bridge in preparation for spring 2023 bridge work.

– Sewer surveys on Cross Lane, and Boyles Street.

Soil sampling, test pitting, and duct bank excavation all require the use of drills for removing pavement and rock. Additionally, excavators, VAC trucks, will be used for safe and efficient removal of soil. These pieces of equipment generate substantial noise that may be unpleasant to abutters. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we perform this vital work.

Please note that parking will be limited on Ferry Street, Waite Street and Bridge Street in Salem, and Cross Lane, Boyles Street, and Congress Street in Beverly to allow for greater access for National Grid and its contractors.

In both Salem and Beverly, construction will take place between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Crews will not work on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

Test pit excavation is an important aspect of pre-construction activity, used to locate existing underground utilities that may not have been identified on plans or during past survey work. For test pitting at expected manhole locations, crews expect to take three to five days at each location, dependent on conditions. Crews working on test pitting excavation at duct bank locations will work along the route in a shorter timeframe.

Starting the week of November 14, this newsletter will begin to go out on Friday, to provide greater visibility into the week ahead. Our weekly newsletter remains one of the easiest ways to stay up to date with the latest project information related to construction schedules, timelines, and traffic. If you haven’t already, please feel free to encourage your neighbors, family, or friends who may be interested in having these weekly updates sent straight to their email inbox to sign up here (at the bottom of the homepage).

Construction is scheduled to minimize the impact on traffic and everyday life; your neighborhood and street will likely only be impacted by the construction for weeks—not years. That said, we understand that construction doesn’t always feel “short-term” when it’s in front of your home or business. As work begins in your area, we will continue to work to mitigate inconveniences that come up to the greatest extent feasible. Please let us know about upcoming deliveries, schedules, and events that could be impacted by work.

If you have questions about any of our current or upcoming work, please feel free to contact a member of our project outreach team by emailing us at, or by calling our project hotline 1-833-238-4743.

*Please note, due to the complexities of outdoor construction, schedule is subject to change.