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Construction Update: March 17, 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 as crews work on duct bank excavation and installation within the Waite Street substation.

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

– Continued duct bank excavation and installation on:

Wellman Street, between Congress Street and Webber Avenue.

– Webber Avenue, between Wellman Street and River Street.

– Paving over installed conduit on Broadway, between Rantoul Street and Cabot Street.

– Manhole excavation and installation at the East Beverly substation, on National Grid’s property off Boyles Street. Excavation and installation will take place on the driveway.

– Duct bank excavation and installation at the East Beverly substation, on National Grid’s property off Boyles Street.

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

From March 20 to May 1, National Grid will perform a planned outage of the existing N-192 cable for the safe excavation and installation of duct bank at locations where the existing cable overlaps with the project route. The overlapping areas are on Wellman Street and on National Grid’s property at the East Beverly substation. Due to the short window allowed by this outage, the city of Beverly has approved extended hours of operation in these areas. As such, work on Wellman Street and on duct bank within the East Beverly substation will take place between 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. The outage of the N-192 cable will not have an impact on power to the homes and businesses in the areas where work is taking place. For construction along the rest of the route, work will continue to take place between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

On Wellman Street, Webber Avenue, Broadway, and Hale Street, 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:

Duct bank work zone on Wellman Street.

Duct bank work zone on Broadway.

Duct bank work zone on Webber Avenue.

Test pit work zone on Cross Lane.

At the expected manhole locations, abutters can expect to see the staging of project materials in the lead up to installation of the manhole. Portions of the street may be closed during staging, as well as during the installation of the manhole. Soil sampling, test pitting, manhole excavation and duct bank excavation all require the use of drills for removing pavement and rock. Additionally, excavators and vacuum 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.

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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.

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