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Blasting for new Vanderbilt Barnard residential college begins Monday, Sept. 12; will affect traffic on West End Avenue

by Sep. 9, 2016, 10:13 AM

A rendering of College Halls at Vanderbilt-Barnard. (Hastings Architecture Assoc. /David M. Schwarz)
A rendering of College Halls at Vanderbilt Barnard. (Hastings Architecture Assoc. /David M. Schwarz)

Construction crews working at the site of Vanderbilt University’s new Vanderbilt Barnard residential college will begin blasting at the location on Monday, Sept. 12. The blasting is expected to continue through Oct. 31.

Blasting will occur on weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. A 400-foot radius safety perimeter will be established prior to each blasting period.

Construction personnel will be stationed along the perimeter to block pedestrian and vehicle traffic during blasting. Vehicle traffic along West End Avenue also will be blocked during all blasting periods.

A series of four to five horn blasts will precede each blasting period. The timing protocols for the blasting are as follows:

  • Five minutes prior to blast — construction personnel will move to their designated perimeter posts.
  • Three minutes prior to blast — construction personnel will block all pedestrian traffic (campus and along West End Avenue).
  • One minute prior to blast — construction personnel will block all vehicle traffic along West End Avenue.
  • After blast — All Clear (long single horn blast) will be sounded after each blast. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will return to normal operations.

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