A two-year water main project along part of Route 1 in Saugus in Lynnfield is now complete, bringing improved capacity to both communities.
On Monday morning, State Senator Tom McGeee and Rep. Donald Wong joined MWRA officials and Saugus officials to mark the completion of the project, which replaced an 8-inch pipeline under the two towns with sections that range from 12 to 36 inches.
“I am confident that the conclusion of the Lynnfield/Saugus Pipelines project will eliminate the traffic delays and improve water quality and services for residents, commuters and local businesses in the area” said Senator Tom McGee in an MWRA announcement. McGee, the chairman of the Transportation Committee, was at Monday morning’s event with legislative colleague Rep. Donald Wong, Saugus Republican. He is Lynnfield's new state senator following the latest redistricting process.
A total of 1.3 miles of new pipe run from approximately the Trader Joe’s on Route 1 in Saugus to the Lynnfield pumping station just over the town line on the north side of the highway. Another part of the project was a 6,000 section of 12-inch pipe in Saugus parallel to the Lynnfield one. The project will also now allow the Lynnfield pipeline to provide emergency water service to Saugus if needed, noted the MWRA.
The Lynnfield Water District serves about 1,200 customers mostly in South Lynnfield, about a third of the total town.
Along with bringing more water to Lynnfield residents, the new project comes at a time when the Market Street at Lynnfield project will also significantly increase the town’s overall water usage. Other recent growth, including apartments, has also kept the town’s water needs growing.
“By completing the Route 1 Water Main Improvement Project, we have ensured that the towns of Saugus and Lynnfield, as well as the entire North Shore, will have the most up-to-date water infrastructure,” said Wong.