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Construction Update: June 2, 2023

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

— Continued activity on National Grid property on the corner of Ferry Street and Waite Street.

— 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.

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

— Work at the location of the recently installed manhole on East Lothrop Street, between Smithson Drive and Parsons Drive. Crews will pave over the work area during the first half of the week. Please note that traffic at this location may at times be diverted around the work zone via Smithson Drive and Parsons Drive.

— Excavation of a pit at the expected manhole location on Cross Lane, between Lakeshore Drive and East Lothrop Street. Work at this location is expected to begin during the second half of the week.

— Continued excavation of a trench in the street and on select sidewalks, for the installation of a duct bank on Wellman Street. Work will take place at the following location:

— Continued excavation of a trench in the street, for the installation of a duct bank on Webber Avenue, between Wellman Street and River Street. Crews have worked down between 10 – 11 feet at this location and are working to install conduit at these locations.

— 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.

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, East Lothrop Street, Wellman Street and Webber Avenue in Beverly, and Bridge Street, Ferry Street and Waite Street in Salem to allow for 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 Congress Street, East Lothrop Street, Cross Lane, 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.

Thank you again for following our weekly updates!


The Beverly Regional Transmission Reliability Outreach Team

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