National Grid Wakefield-to Woburn Line Updates

map with blue line showing transmission line through towns

Under the direction of National Grid, the Woburn-to-Wakefield Line Project is a new underground electric transmission line being built in Wakefield, Stoneham, Winchester, and Woburn. The line addresses potential overloads on existing transmission lines first identified in ISO-NE’s 2008 Needs Assessment, reevaluated in 2013/2014, and confirmed in ISO-NE’s 2015 Needs Assessment.

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Roadway Updates

Among the updates National Grid notes the week of August 2:

  • A third crew will be added on Broadway between Nelly Street and Albion Street, including Saturdays, to expedite the construction timeline and complete this section of the project as quickly as possible. The construction schedule allows for work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • The street will be accessible to residents of Broadway and neighboring streets as well as emergency-vehicle traffic with the help of police details located around the work site.
  • Activity may begin on Broadway between Foundry Street and the MBTA Crossing as crews prepare for upcoming duct bank installation. There will be no change to access in the area. 

Once all project construction is complete, the project route will be repaved, curb-to-curb, at National Grid’s expense. This includes sections of Albion Street, Broadway Street, North Avenue, Main Street, Salem Street, and Montrose Avenue as well as street crossings at Bennett Street, Richardson Street, and Water Street.

If you have questions about any of our current or upcoming work, please feel free to contact a member of the project outreach team at or 1-844-646-8427.

Additional Woburn-to-Wakefield Line Information

According to National Grid, the project will result in a more reliable electric transmission grid in the Greater Boston area that will allow them to continue to deliver electricity to folks the region. They also cite benefits such as:

  • Being better able to deliver electricity to community partners like the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department
  • Curb to curb paving provided for impacted streets
  • Replacement of 4,200 feet of existing municipal steel gas line on Salem Street
  • Increase tax revenue for the Town of Wakefield
  • Clean up and paving of the MBTA right-of-way
  • New sound walls at Wakefield Junction Substation