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Northern Pass assures state it will work with residents along construction zone

May 03. 2017 1:58PM

CONCORD - Northern Pass officials would reach out to residents near construction areas before work starts to let them know what to expect and try to accommodate special circumstances, a witness testified Wednesday.

“Part of the community outreach would also be going to these homes, it'd be about six weeks before construction and describing what types of activities would take place,” said Kenneth Bowes, Eversource vice president of engineering, told the state's Site Evaluation Committee.

“And in that week of construction, we'd go out and knock on the doors again and let the residents know that we were coming, the type of work we would be doing, if there are any issues that we needed to be aware of, and so we work on a case-to-case basis along the right of way to make sure that we try to minimize the impacts. If they have a particular issue that they were dealing with on a particular day, we could stand down for that period of time,” Bowes said.

Mitigation efforts “would be for all of the right-of-way overhead construction,” Bowes said.

The proposed $1.6 billion project to bring hydropower from Canada into New England needs several state and federal approvals before it can start operating along the 192-mile route in late 2019 or early 2020. Project officials hope to garner all necessary approvals by the end of this year.

Bowes said construction equipment would meet state or federal noise requirements.

“The type of mufflers or type of silencers used for the equipment would be designed into the work equipment itself,” Bowes said.

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