Eight years after Eversource first proposed building an electrical substation in the Eagle Hill neighborhood of East Boston, the utility is finally breaking ground on the $103 million project.
The site near Chelsea Creek, which has sat relatively idle behind a black mesh fence for several months, will soon be filled with work crews, vehicles and other machinery, Eversource spokesman Christopher McKinnon said. The construction will last about two years and is not expected to cause any electrical service disruptions for local residents.
John Walkey of GreenRoots, the environmental nonprofit that has led the fight against the substation, visited the construction site Wednesday. He said there wasn’t much activity yet, but he saw a few workers and some newly posted signs saying “no trespassing” and “hard hat area.”