By adamg on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:08am
Park next to the substation where the Harborwalk now ends. Photo by Eileen Murphy.
State energy regulators have signed off on plans by Eversource to expand its K Street substation in South Boston. The plans include connecting two parts of the Harborwalk path that now end near where the new equipment will go.
Eversource's wants to replace a quarter-acre parking lot on the Reserved Channel just west of the Summer Street bridge, with a new voltage regulator, roughly 27 feet on a side and 26 feet high, sitting atop crushed stone, surrounded by a 5-foot-high concrete flood wall. The plans include a 100-foot lightning rod.
In a filing with the state, the utility said it would fill in the gap on the Harborwalk at the site that now keeps strollers from walking completely around the channel. To keep them from getting into the high-voltage equipment, Eversource will add a fence, ranging in height from 15 to 26 feet.
State approval and project overview (1.9M PDF).