LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday morning, crews at the CentrePointe Project in downtown Lexington held a test blast to prepare for the regular blasting that will start later this month.
The blasting will be to make space for a 700-space parking garage. City officials say they will be using blast mats that are expected to dampen the blast noise making it sound more like a 'thud' instead of an earthquake. They expect 2000 cubic yards of rock to be blasted per day of the project.
On March 17th, regular blasting is set to begin on CentrePointe. These blasts will run 5 to 6 days a a week for 8 to 10 weeks. The city plans to run the blasts at 10 a.m. because they say this is the time of day with the least amount of traffic in the area.
City officials say you can expect to hear 40 to 50 blasts over the length of the project.
Traffic will be stopped before each blast begins and until it is finished for the day and flaggers will be posted at all four corners around the blasting site. (Main/Limestone, Upper/Main, Vine/Upper, and Vine/Limestone).
Five minutes before each blast is set to begin a blast horn will be sounded per state law. The city says that people can also sign up for text alerts that will be sent out five minutes before each blast. You can sign up by texting BLASTING to 46786.
No blasting will be done March 19-23rd due to the Boys Sweet 16.
Some nearby businesses are concerned that the blasting will impact their business.
The regular blasting starts on Monday March 17th and will continue for the next eight to ten weeks.