Update (9/5/2012): National Grid informed us that they will be working this Saturday, 9/8/2012 in front of the Middle School (344 Main St) to complete the school's hookup to the gas main. Work will take place from 8am - 4pm.
National Grid needs to perform maintenance on its infrastructure. This project entails laying new main pipe and connecting those new mains to existing users. The project is expected to have two phases.
- Phase 1 will be comprised of the construction and connection work described above. This work started in June and is expected to conclude late in August of this year. Update: This Phase will be split into two parts and the total duration is now expected to last until mid-September. Part 1 is the laying of the main pipe. This work is now scheduled for completion in early August. Part 2 is the connection of buildings to the new lines as well as paving and cleanup work. This work may take until late September to complete. Traffic delays may be affected by this second phase. We are working with National Grid to provide an assumption on delays during this part.
- Phase 2 will consist of repaving the disturbed area. This work should start in the early winter and is expected to take 3 to 4 days.
While the project was originally expected to cause serious delays and to encouraged drivers to seek alternate routes, in response to requests from the town and from local business owners, National Grid has implemented an exceptionally effective traffic management plan that now schedules work outside of the heaviest commuter traffic, periods, and allows throughput with minimal delay. This success is in no small part due to the work of the police officers that have been diligently managing traffic. Even the normal traffic delays that are caused by school bus traffic are only marginally lengthened as a result of this project.
If you would like to install a new connection to National Grid while they are in the street you may request a connection by contacting:
New England Utility Constructors
143 Spring Street
Everett, MA 02149
|Trina M Dombroski
Manager, National Grid
939 Southbridge Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Construction will take place approximately here. Any additional information on National Grid's location will be posted here when it becomes available.
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Business owners who feel that their businesses have been impacted by this project are asked to take the following steps to offset this impact.
- There is an option to contact National Grid’s Claims Department at 781-907-3930. They have a process set up for property owners to claim damages caused by their processes however we have been finding that they are indicating that this responsibility is only for property damage and not for loss of business. If you feel that you have suffered property damage please contact this number. You may certainly try it for loss of business revenue but other business owners have tried with little success.
- If you feel that your concerns are not being met please contact National Grid’s Manager of Community and Customer Management, Trina Dombroski: She can be reached at 508-860-6420 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Should these efforts fail please contact:
The Town of Groton cannot guarantee any particular outcome but we will help you to access information and work with you to assure that you are heard.
National Grid has the following information about tree trimming and vegetation abatement surrounding the high voltage transmission lines in Groton.
to read a brochure about the program.