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Construction Update: November 14, 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 and conduit installation on Bridge Street, between Pierce Avenue and Essex Bridge.

This week you can expect the following activities in Beverly:

– Soil sampling and test pitting on Wellman Street. Work in this area will begin in the second half of the week.

– Test pit excavation on Congress Street ahead of duct bank installation.

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

– Sewer surveys on Boyles Street.

Soil sampling, test pitting, 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.

Please note that parking will be limited on Ferry Street, Waite Street and Bridge Street in Salem, and on Wellman 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 and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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 this week, our newsletter will be distributed on Fridays, to provide more advanced notice and greater visibility into the week ahead. As you know, 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.

Thank you again for following our weekly updates!

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