Notification from Footprint #SalemMA Harbor Station:

Dear Neighbors,

We are excited to share with you that Salem Harbor Station is now in its commissioning phase. As we begin this phase of the project, the first activity to occur will be to blow high pressure steam (water vapor) through the pipe systems to ensure that all construction and welding debris is removed prior to putting the plant into operation. You may have already heard some these “steam blows” from our auxiliary boiler over the course of the past few weeks.

Over the course of the next week or so, you will likely hear louder noises coming from steam blows of the main piping system for Gas Turbine Number 6. Although our contractor has placed silencers and baffles at the end of the pipe where the steam will exit, this is an inherently noisy activity. Our contractor reports that they are approaching the point where they are prepared to conduct this louder steam blow, perhaps within the next week. When it is conducted, it will last for 6 to 8 hours between 7 am and 8 pm. Don’t worry, there are also traps and filters installed on the pipes so no debris is blown into the air.

We appreciate your understanding this necessary step and assure you that the noise you will hear is not an indication that there is anything wrong. Believe it or not, it is the sound of progress! These steam blows and the noise associated with them will NOT be a part of normal plant operations.

Steam blows will continue on other systems, but will not be as noisy as the first one. A similar schedule will follow for Gas Turbine Number 5 later. As we mentioned previously, there will be periodic testing of the emergency steam release valves during the commissioning process that will be noisy as well. Rest assured that our contractor has committed that it will continue to work closely with the Salem Police and Fire Departments to keep them abreast of these tests.

Once the steam blows are complete, Gas Turbine Number 6 will go into testing and, in the process of that testing, will synchronize to the grid and once more begin supplying power to the North Shore.

We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for your patience and understanding as the construction effort has continued beyond its initial schedule. As systems are completed and turned over to the commissioning team, labor on the site continues to decrease. We hope that you are seeing an improvement in the traffic situation as a result.

We look forward to updating you soon as commissioning continues.

Footprint Power Salem Harbor Station

Notification from National Grid about upcoming gas work on Boston Street and the nearby neighborhood in #SalemMA:

National Grid is committed to safely and reliably delivering energy to our community. That’s why we are replacing the natural gas main at 97 to 161 Boston ST.; 2 Prospect AVE.; 1 to 7 Watson ST.; 52 and 60 Butler ST.; 3 to 13 Rawlins ST.; 2 to 6 Nichols ST., Salem, MA. As part of this project, we will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Approximately 142 premises are within the construction limits.

Construction is expected to begin on December 21, 2017 and anticipated to last to April 1, 2018 weather permitting. We will work hard to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at

Two week look-ahead and update on the Canal Street Flood Control project in #SalemMA:

General Project Information:
• Project work hours: 7am – 3:30pm.
• Traffic throughout the neighborhood is anticipated to be alternating two-way with police details. Entrances to houses and adjacent roads may be impacted during the construction. Parking will not be allowed on either side of the road at or near the work zone. Roads will be open during non-working hours.

Projected Construction Activities:

Week of December 11
• The Contractor will be installing water services on Forest Ave and connecting the new water main to the system on Canal St.
• The Contractor will be installing a new drainage system on Lussier St.
• The Contractor will be installing curb and sidewalks on Forest Park Drive.
• The Contractor will continue the Forest River Park Ballfield, pedestrian bridge and drainage swale work.

Week of December 18
• The Contractor will be installing curb and sidewalks Forest Park Drive.
• The Contractor will pave Forest Ave with temporary asphalt for the winter.
• The Contractor will continue the Forest River Park Ballfield, pedestrian bridge, drainage swale work, and the outlet to the ocean.

Update on construction activities at 90 Washington Street in #SalemMA:

Scaffolding along the Washington Street sidewalk will be taken down to the second floor level starting Tuesday, December 19 and should be complete by Wednesday, December 20, weather permitting.

The scaffolding, protective planking above, and lighting will remain at the sidewalk level until closer to the completion of the project.

As storefront glazing begins to be installed in the upcoming weeks, plywood sheathing will be installed on the scaffolding legs closest to the building. These will be in place until the storefront installation is completed and then will be removed.

All businesses along Washington Street in this area remain open during construction.



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