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  by MaineCoonCat
Saw today that the chain link gates have been installed at the Main Street crossing in Hudson by Rich's Used Auto Parts
  by MaineCoonCat
From the Eversource website project pages"
...................................Eversource 115 kV Transmission Project Update

BOND Civil & Utility Construction and its subcontractors are continuing work on the Eversource 115 kilovolt (kV) Underground Transmission Line Project. This upgrade is one of a group of projects designed to improve the reliability of the electric system serving the area. The schedule calls for construction from Monday to Friday this week. Crews will NOT be working on Thursday (November 24) next week. Construction activities are not expected to interrupt electric service.

Eversource Field Outreach Representative Brianna Germain is hosting Office Hours, where people can learn more about the Project and ask questions. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions (schedule below), please reply to this message. Otherwise, feel free to respond to this email, or call the Project Hotline at 1-833-836-0302 with questions.

Thursday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sudbury Police Department (Training Room), 75 Hudson Road, Sudbury

Thursday, December 8, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sudbury Police Department (Training Room), 75 Hudson Road, Sudbury

Work Hours
Approved work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday but crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due to unforeseen conditions like weather, occasional activities may extend beyond these approved hours based on feedback from local officials.

Between White Pond Road and Main Street in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) inactive rail corridor, BOND has begun clearing vegetation within the limits of work. Crews may also be active between Wilkins Street, Chestnut Street, and Parmenter Road, in the inactive rail corridor. These activities are expected to last for several weeks and the removal of rails and ties will start at the end of the month.
Off Forest Avenue, one crew will install the first vault (MH1) starting on November 22 on Hudson Light & Power (49 Forest Avenue) property. Duct bank excavation (600 feet) started this week, and some vegetation removal will also be happening in the area. Construction on Forest Avenue will NOT commence until Spring 2023.

In the inactive MBTA corridor, crews have established construction entrances at the road crossings and will continue installing sediment and erosion controls moving east toward the Sudbury Substation (163 Boston Post Road). Initial vegetation clearing is expected to happen in early December.
Off Boston Post Road, at the Eversource Sudbury Substation, G. Greene Construction, another Eversource contractor, is making upgrades to electrical equipment inside the Substation. G. Greene Construction is excavating foundations and moving earth to make room for new equipment. Construction activities for this portion of the Project are within the fence line of the Substation (Eversource property) and will be completed in 2023. G. Greene Construction will NOT be working at the Substation on November 24 and November 25.
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  by MaineCoonCat
The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail project is progressing. I saw today they're lifting the rail south of Old Lancaster Road. I expect the diamond to be gone shortly.
  by neman2
Last Wednesday I saw rail stacked south of RT 27 in Sudbury. When I went down Union St. it looked like the Central Mass ROW had been cleared and dug up . I think the diamond was already gone since equipment had obviously been traveling the ROW.
  by MaineCoonCat
Wouldn't surprise me. Peakham Road looks clear both sides. I haven't checked Horse Pond in the past week..
  by MaineCoonCat
March 15, 2023 Project Update

Eversource and its contractor BOND Civil & Utility Construction and their subcontractors (ET&L Construction, M-O-N Landscaping, and Moosehead) resumed construction on the 115-kilovolt (kV) Underground Transmission Line Project. Eversource asks people to avoid walking on and crossing the inactive Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) rail corridor. Construction is not expected to interrupt electric service.

In the corridor, work starts with vegetation removal in the limits of work, followed by placing erosion controls and railroad rail/tie removal. From there, grading of the limits of work happens. After these enabling activities are completed, crews excavate, install cable vaults and duct bank and backfill trenches. Duct bank is typically installed between vaults that have been recently placed.

Work Hours
Approved work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday but crews are working from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hudson and Sudbury, barring inclement weather. Occasional work may extend beyond the approved hours, due to unforeseen circumstances, based on approval from municipal staff.

Below is an overview of the active and upcoming work zones. View the Project map for additional details on the location of work crews.

In the inactive MBTA rail corridor from Bridge 130 to Main Street, crews are excavating, installing duct bank, and backfilling trenches between multiple cable vaults (MH7 and MH8, MH8 and MH9) for the coming weeks. Cables vaults are sometimes also called manholes (MH).
From Main Street to Parmenter Road, similar activities, including excavation, duct bank installation and backfilling trenches in the limits of work is happening between MH9 and MH10.
Starting in early April on Forest Avenue, between Wheeler Road and Wilkins Street, construction crews will begin installing cable vaults and duct bank in the roadway. Eversource Field Outreach representatives will be in touch with more specific details on planned initial work zones.

From the Town line to Bridge 128, grading of the limits of work will continue toward the end of next week.
Between Dutton Road and Peakham Road, grading of the limits of work will be on-going next week.
From Peakham Road to Hose Pond Road, Eversource approved contractors will be finishing grading the limits of work over the next week.
Between Union Ave and Boston Post Road, removal of rails and ties is on-going and will be followed by grading within the limits of work.
Between Boston Post Road and Bridge 127, crews will be working to install erosion controls and removing rails and ties. This activity will last through the end of next week.
Between Bridge 127 and the Sudbury Substation, crews are installing wall sheeting near the bridge, which is an interlocking steel panel that acts as a retaining wall. A retaining wall is a rigid wall that holds soil laterally.
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