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Additiona Blasting To Occur At North Grounds Connector Site, Near The Darden School, On Sept. 1

September 1, 2005 -- Construction crews at the North Grounds Connector, which will link the U.S. 250 Bypass with Massie Road, will again be blasting on site near the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration on Sept. 1 at around 3 p.m., weather permitting.

This blasting is to dislodge a rock formation not discovered until the site was being graded. Activities at the Darden School will proceed uninterrupted, and the U.S. 250 Bypass will remain open. There may be a muffled sound and a small earth vibration during the blasting.

To ensure safety, each blasting site will be covered with a minimum of three feet of soil, and blasting mats will be used in specific locations if necessary. During the blasting, site activities will be halted five minutes prior to each blast, and equipment and workers will be moved from the area.

Before blasting, a survey also will be conducted by the project’s geotechnical testing and inspection service company, Schnabel Engineering, including exterior visual surveys of buildings within a 200-foot radius of the blast zone. Seismic monitoring devices will be used during all blasting, and monitors will be set up at specific points around the project site.

The latest updates on the North Grounds Connector Road project, being built by U.Va. to provide access to the North Grounds and the John Paul Jones Arena, are available online at http://fmweb.virginia.edu/fpc/ArenaProject/NorthGroundsConnector.htm.

For additional information, call the project office at (434) 243-5335 (Project Manager Kevin McMichael or Project Engineer Nathan Mallory of Barton Malow Co.) or (434) 982-2859 (University Project Director Richard B. Laurance).

Contact: Richard B. Laurance, (434) 982-2859

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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