National Grid Cables Could Go Under Downtown

Plans to go under the harbor were rejected last week.

National Grid has rejected plans to install transmission cables under the harbor and is still considering a land installation alternative, the Salem News reports.

The company announced its rejection of the underwater plans at a private meeting last week, calling the plan "high-risk," the paper reports.

The project, which doesn't have yet have a timeline, would involve installing transmission lines from the area of Canal Street to a substation by the . Proposed routes would go downtown and could take two years to complete, according to the outlet.

Downtown residents and business owners have expressed concern regarding the impact the project could have.

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