LONDONDERRY — Eversource Energy and National Grid are hosting a public information session to discuss the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project. 

Beginning in 2016, the plan is to upgrade power lines between Londonderry's Scobie Pond and National Grid in Tewksbury.

On May 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Matthew Thornton Elementary School, anyone is welcome to drop in and learn more.

The $123 million project includes the construction of 25 miles worth of power lines, eight of which would run through Londonderry. That stretch makes up one-third of the plan.

During construction, the town will see an influx of construction equipment needed to clear trees and construct 75 new towers in the area.

A contractor has not been selected yet, but depending on the winner, the lines may be put in via crane or helicopter, according to Eversource officials.

At a Planning Board meeting in early April, project manager Suzanne Findlen said the project is a response to a 2008 study by ISO New England that showed the increasing power needs for the region, which could result in overloads on the system.

Though the plan is to start construction in June 2016, it could be pushed off, officials said.

— Breanna Edelstein

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