by Erin Tiernan On Lee Street in Quincy, work on Lori Wright’s home is at a standstill. Until National Grid re-installs her gas connection, contractors can’t continue work because the house has no heat, which could cause problems for pipes and finishes, she said. Wright’s story is one echoed across Quincy and throughout the 89 communities that were affected by a six-month lockout of National Grid’s union workers that brought all utility work, save for in emergencies, to a grinding halt in the second half of 2018. A new contract was signed in January and workers have been back on the job, but the ripple effects of the lockout continue to affect both commercial and residential development as National Grid works through its backlog. Wright, whose home was destroyed during the March 2, 2018, nor’easter that slammed Quincy’s Houghs Neck and Adams Shore neighborhoods, has been waiting for National Grid to turn on her gas since November. She’s been told she’s on the list to get her gas connection back next month. “The hardest thing is seeing the house just sit here every day with no work getting done,” she said. Tamara Small of NAIOP Massachusetts, a commercial real estate development association, estimated the backlog for projects at 2,500, noting that depending on the type of utility work a project required, delays could still be as long as a year. “This has had a tremendous impact on the industry and all types of projects,” Small said. A National Grid spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on the number of commercial and residential projects still in need of gas utility work, but said the company is working to catch up. “We now have the capacity to begin addressing non-emergency work — including new services. However, it is difficult to put a timeline on the backlog because it’s really a case-by-case basis,” said Christine Milligan, National Grid spokeswoman. “Right now we’re working to prioritize new gas services based on greatest need.” Small said she’s concerned about the lasting impact of the delays on the industry’s bottom line, but said she’s been pleased with National Grid’s responsiveness since the lockout ended. “We’ve seen National Grid be very responsive to our members and that’s positive,” she said. There are signs that National Grid is working it’s way down its list. Wright’s neighbors, Ken and Ruth Kan of Post Island Road, got their gas turned on last week after waiting almost five months.