Blasting, line drilling begins in West End Neighborhood

Line drilling in the West End Neighborhood is currently underway and expected to continue for approximately three months. The drilling will occur daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The construction team is working to control dust by using a bagging system. Although it will not eliminate dust completely, it is the best option to limit the amount of dust in the area.

Blasting for Residential College B is tentatively set to begin the week of Feb. 17. Blasting times will be at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. If the blasting must be delayed for any reason, it will take place at 3 p.m. each day. This activity will take place every day, weather permitting, for approximately four months.

A series of four to five horn blasts will precede each blasting period. The timing protocols for the blastings 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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