The company seeking to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts has proposed an alternative route that includes part of southern New Hampshire.
The route would travel from New York into western Massachusetts for 63 miles, then turn north and continue for another 70 miles in southern New Hampshire before turning south again and ending in Dracut.
Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore said Friday that the path would weave through 16 Massachusetts communities and 17 in New Hampshire.
One goal of the new path is to steer the pipeline away from largely undeveloped lands by following existing utility routes.
The path would also cut through the properties of far fewer Massachusetts landowners.
The firm hopes to break ground on the two-year, $5 billion project in early 2017.