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Limited Blasting To Occur At Arena Site

June 16, 2003 -- Blasting is scheduled to begin next week at the site of the John Paul Jones Arena on Massie Road as part of foundation excavation for the adjacent parking garage.

Current plans set blasting Monday through Friday, starting Monday and ending June 27. Blasting will be restricted to two periods each day, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and between 6 and 7 p.m., with one blast per hour. These times were selected to have the least impact on the U.Va. Child Development Center on Copeley Road and on residents in the area.

The blasting itself will entail setting small charges to loosen rock for excavation. The explosives will be placed in holes drilled in the rock, with three feet of soil placed over them and then all of it covered by metal and synthetic fiber mats.

“Ninety-nine percent of the people around there won’t feel it or hear it,” Project Director Richard B. Laurance said.

Five minutes before each blast, the contractor will sound warning signals with a siren, and flagmen along Copeley Road will keep pedestrians and vehicles away from the blasting area. Immediately after the blasting, normal access to Copeley Road will resume.

There will be no blasting on Sunday, though there may be some blasting on Saturdays if weather hampers weekday excavation.
Laurance said city and county officials have been notified of the blasting, and the contractor has obtained all relevant permits.

For more information about the blasting, contact U.Va. Community Relations at 924-1321, communityrelations@virginia.edu, or access the Web at http://www.fm.virginia.edu/fpc/ArenaProject/ArenaBlastingPlan.htm

Contact: Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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