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Construction Update: July 21, 2023

This week, you can expect the following activities in Salem:

— Excavation of a trench on Bridge Street, to allow for the installation of conduit between the recently installed manhole and the existing duct bank in the street.

This week, you can expect the following activities in Beverly:

— Continued excavation of a trench in the street for the installation of a duct bank on Wellman Street. Work will take place between Congress Street and Linden Avenue.

— Excavation of a trench on Cabot Street, to allow for the installation of cable along the Essex Bridge. Due to work in the area, traffic crossing into Beverly from the bridge will be limited to one lane during working hours.

— Resumed excavation of duct bank on Congress Street, to connect existing duct bank in the street with the installed manhole.

— Resumption of duct bank excavation on Broadway, between Cabot Street and Rantoul Street. Crews will resume from the previous location of work, near the intersection with Cabot Street.

— Excavation of a trench for duct bank across River Street, exiting the Beverly 12 substation on River Street and continuing on to Park Street.

— Work at the location of a manhole on Cross Lane, between East Lothrop Street and Lakeshore Avenue. Crews at this location are working to secure and pave over the area.

Work at these locations will take place from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

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

Manhole excavation, duct bank excavation, and test pitting all require the use of drills and hoe rams for removing pavement and rock. Additionally, excavators and vacuum trucks will be used for the 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.

At the expected manhole locations, abutters can expect to see the staging of project materials in the lead-up to the installation of the manhole. Portions of the street may be closed during staging, as well as during the installation of the manhole.

On Cross Lane, River Street, Broadway, Wellman Street, Webber Avenue, School Street, and Linden Avenue, a portion of the street at times may be closed to through-traffic during working hours. Residents will be able to access their homes and driveways with assistance from police details, crew members, and traffic signage. Traffic management for work can be found here:

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Construction is scheduled to minimize the impact on traffic and everyday life. 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