About the Project

The Ballston - Mechanicville Refurbishment is an approximately 20-mile 34.5 kilovolt (kV) electric sub-transmission project. Most of the existing structures along the route will be replaced, including the replacement of shield wire in some locations. The project is located between the Ballston Substation off of Route 67 in Ballston Spa and the Mechanicville Substation near Route 4 in the Town of Halfmoon, and will run through the Towns of Ballston, Clifton Park, and Halfmoon, in Saratoga County, New York.

Features & Benefits

  • The project will replace aging infrastructure in Saratoga County with new, modern technology.
  • Electric system reliability will be enhanced by the refurbished line.
  • The refurbished line will meet the most up-to-date building codes.

Construction Schedule

  • Construction Update November 13, 2018:
    • Construction crews and equipment are mobilizing to the construction area, starting in the Town of Ballston near Curtis Industrial Park.
    • Matting is being installed on the right-of-way to allow for the movement of equipment. This is starting in the areas of Eastline Road and Lake Road in the Town of Ballston.
    • Structure replacement will begin mid-November to early December in the Town of Ballston.
  • August 2018 Project Construction Update:
    • Forestry work along the right-of-way will continue starting summer 2018. 
    • Sub-transmission line construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Herbicide Information

During the vegetation clearing phase of the Ballston-Mechanicville Refurbishment Project, National Grid will employ a variety of Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) techniques. Mechanical clearing, hand cutting, mowing and selective herbicide applications are a few examples of such techniques. This work will be conducted by NYS Department of Conservation-licensed contractors in site specific locations prescribed by the National Grid Forestry staff. The herbicide application – as part of a planned IVM program – will enable National Grid to create stable, low-growing plant communities that require minimal maintenance. The labels for each of the herbicides to be used can be found below.

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National Grid
P: (518) 433-5206
E: nicholas.isaacs@nationalgrid.com