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by the EWEB East 40th Water Storage Project Team

On Monday, Sept. 20, the blasting contractor will be on-site for drop-in Q&A. Feel free to stop by between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to learn about the blasting process, safety plan, schedule, etc. Please remember to wear your mask.

What is controlled drilling and blasting? Controlled drilling and blasting is used to loosen and fragment in-place rock materials to a size that can be removed, transported, or crushed.

A few facts about controlled blasting: Contrary to common perception, blasting in generally less disruptive than mechanical excavation. We will be very proactive in informing and preparing neighbors with information about when, where and how blasting will take place. Blasting is highly regulated and only proven and safe methods will be used.

As of today, the contractor anticipates that drilling and blasting will begin during the first or second week of October.

Click here to see a short video example of controlled blasting.

What is happening at the site? Site preparation activities are still underway and on schedule. Crews are removing approximately 15 feet of top soil in preparation for the next phase of excavation. This work is expected to wrap up within the next couple of weeks.

On Friday, 9/17 crews began installing rock on the haul routes around the site which were constructed to mitigate noise associated with truck beeping, and will also help to limit mud once it starts raining. The contractor is using a roller to compact the rock. This phase of work will be completed early next week.

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

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