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Construction Update: October 24, 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.

Please note that parking on Ferry Street and Waite Street will be limited to allow for greater access for National Grid and its contractors. During workdays, you may notice equipment and materials moving in and out of the worksites via Bridge Street.

This week you can expect the following activities in Beverly:

– Test pit excavation on East Lothrop Street at the expected manhole location.

– Test pit excavation on Boyles Street at the expected manhole location.

– Soil sampling on Hale Street and East Lothrop Street.

– Abutment work on Essex Bridge in preparation for bridge work. Work on the bridge is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.

– Sewer surveys on Cross Lane, and Boyles Street.

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.

In both Salem and Beverly, Construction will take place between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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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.

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