Haines Road Rock Blasting: Soon To Begin

By KBJR News 1

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Rock blasting was scheduled to kick off Monday on the Haines road construction project, but after further review, construction managers decided blasting in that area was not necessary.

The soon–to–be–built underpass near the superior hiking trail was thought to be full of rock. It turns out the site is mainly soil that can be part of the routine excavation plan.

The underpass will allow safer traffic for hikers and snowmobilers.

Construction crews instead spent the day clearing trees and preparing Skyline Parkway West and Skyline Parkway East, where officials say the blasting will occur early next week.

"Once we started looking for the rock, we started drilling for it and it just happened to be a lower than we anticipated in the plan. It's actually good, maybe it will speed up the process a little bit and let's move our blasting operation down the road a little further," Steve Krasaway, a Public Works Engineer, said.

"No delay. We keep saying it is going to be delivered in November," Chris Dahlberg, St. Louis County Commissioner, said.

The blasting will occur early next week between the hours of 7AM and 5PM.

Justin Reis, NNC.