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Blasting to Begin in Haines Road Rebuild Project

Posted at: 03/08/2013 12:34 PM
Updated at: 03/08/2013 12:47 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullBlasting will begin on Monday as crews work on the $12 million reconstruction of Haines Road in Duluth.

St. Louis County says about 65,000 cubic yards of rock, weighing about 150,000 tons, needs to be removed. It will be crushed and reused there nearby slopes and as roadway material.

County engineers are warning the public that three to four blasts per day could occur for the next several months. That blasting will be done by the Falcon Drilling and Blasting Company, and will happen between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays only.

According to the county, the rebuilding of Haines Road is the largest stand-alone project ever for the Public Works department. When the road opens again in November, it will feature three lanes and a sidewalk. Two lanes will be for traffic heading up the hill.

The road was heavily damaged by the heavy rains and flooding last June, which forced the closure of a 2 1/4 mile segment between 40th Avenue West and just south of Mary Lane.