Greenwich and Eversource have reached an agreement to settle a legal challenge to the construction of an Eversource substation and transmission lines in central Greenwich.
Key settlement components are related to the construction of an architectural wall and landscaping around Eversource’s new Greenwich substation at 290 Railroad Ave. and installing two 115-kilovolt (kV) underground transmission lines that will connect the substation to Eversource’s existing Cos Cob substation on Sound Shore Drive.
The settlement also involves the construction of a pedestrian bridge in Bruce Park to support the new transmission lines, as well as work hours, traffic management and restoration of areas affected by the project.
“The design of the project will safeguard many of the town’s natural resources including Bruce Park and the adjacent inlets of Long Island Sound, protect critical town infrastructure including its wastewater system, as well as address the aesthetic concerns raised during this negotiation process,” Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei said.
Eversource Vice President of Project Management Steve Sullivan said the agreement “is a significant step toward further strengthening the electric system in Greenwich to ensure our customers have reliable power during heat waves, prolonged severe cold snaps and other peak times of high energy use.”
The plan “will allow us to meet their energy needs while being sensitive to neighborhood aesthetics,” Sullivan said.