LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — From March 1 through March 26, contractors for the City of Lynchburg expect to be performing blasting operations along Lakeside Drive in conjunction with the Lakeside Drive Bridge Over Blackwater Creek Project.
Two blasts are scheduled for Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9 at approximately 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Another blast is slated for Wednesday, March 10 at approximately 11 a.m.
The blasting operations will help to clear rocks away in preparation for storm drain installations.
During the time of blasts, flaggers will hold traffic at a safe distance for up to 10 minutes. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if at all possible to avoid delays.
Air horns will sound and be audible for a minimum of one mile from the blast site. The following warning signs will be used during the blasting operations:
- Five minutes before the blast — one long signal will be made from an air horn.
- One minute before the blast — one short signal will be made from an air horn.
- After the blast — one long signal will be made from an air horn to signal “all clear.”
Officials say the blasts will be small, and residents and businesses who may be in the affected area will be contacted directly prior to and throughout the blasting operations.
The City of Lynchburg plans to reconstruct a new section of Lakeside Drive in order to improve traffic flow through the existing intersection at Lakeside Drive/College Drive/Old Forest Road and as a requested precursor to the College Lake Dam Removal Project. These modifications will enhance safety and improve access to the University of Lynchburg via Hopwood Drive.
For more information, visit the City of Lynchburg’s website.