The Interstate Reliability Project is a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission project in an existing transmission right-of-way. It is one of four New England East-West Solution (NEEWS) 345-kV transmission projects serving portions of New England. The Interstate Reliability Project is needed to meet the demand for electricity and support the reliable delivery of electricity to customers under many different conditions.
The proposed Project begins in Millbury, Massachusetts and continues along the existing transmission line rights-of-way (ROW) into North Smithfield, Rhode Island. It continues west to Burrillville, Rhode Island and into Connecticut where it will connect to a new line being constructed by Connecticut public utility, Northeast Utilities.
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Tree clearing has now been completed to Quaker Highway, and has moved to River Road. Over the next two weeks the tree crews will continue moving south toward the Rhode Island border.
Tree clearing to the Rhode Island state line is scheduled to be completed by mid-September with the exception of certain areas where environmental restrictions and access limit the work.
Work is underway at the Millbury #3 Switching Station, located off Cross Street in Millbury. National Grid's contractor is performing various equipment upgrades and additions within the existing fence line of the station.
Tree clearing is almost complete from the Sherman Farm Road Switching Station in Burrillville to the West Farnum Substation on Greenville Road in North Smithfield. Work will proceed west towards the Connecticut border. Tree clearing over the past few weeks has moved from Stone Barn Road in Burrillville to Town Farm Road and crews are now moving towards East Wallum Lake Road.
Foundation drilling activity is underway at various locations along the right-of-way. Multiple foundation drilling crews will continue working along the corridor from Sherman Farm Road to the West Farnum Substation. In addition, drilling crews will be working west from the Sherman Farm Switching Station towards the Connecticut border.
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The Interstate Reliability Project encompasses approximately 15.4 miles of ROW in Massachusetts through the towns of Millbury (.7 mile), Sutton (6.2 miles), Northbridge (.3 mile), Uxbridge (7.6 miles), and Millville (.6 mile); and 22.5 miles in Rhode Island through the towns of North Smithfield (9.3 miles) and Burrillville (13.2 miles).
National Grid reminds off-road drivers that utility rights-of-way are private property where unauthorized dumping and trespass by motorized vehicles is unlawful. These rights-of-way are a critical part of the company's electric and gas network. Limiting activities within the corridors protects the public, avoids damage to company facilities and supports the reliability of electric and gas service. For more information, click here.