On Monday, January 21, the Rush Run Project along Route 7 in Jefferson County will be taken to another level. Part of the hillside will be blasted between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Project Engineer Adam Lytton tells WTRF.com they'll blast around the same time Monday through Wednesday this week, then take a two week break before they begin to blast every day.
He says the stretch of Route 7 between Rush Run and Brilliant will be closed each day for about 10 Minutes during blasting.
"When we blast we'll move the hillside essentially back away from the traffic," he says.
Adam says the blasts will be controlled, and nothing will be flying up in the air. He also says nothing will fall over the hillside onto Route 7, however, they have set up a red barrier as a precaution.
"We don't use dynamite," "Its actually a mixture of fuel oil and ammonium nitrate, not dynamite. That's a common myth."
Even though major construction projects like this one aren't usually underway through the winter months, Route 7 has been down to one lane in each direction since March of 2011, so crews are working diligently to level the 35-foot wide section of hillside.
"Our contractor, Beaver Excavating, is doing two shifts on the job, daily, six days per week, to get the job done quickly," Lytton says.
The $22,000,000 dollar project is expected to be completed by November of this year.