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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-10-2016

Akron, Ohio, November 9, 2016— Blasting associated with the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) project began Tuesday, November 8. The blasting may be felt, heard and seen downtown, in the area of OCIT 2 Site near SR 59 and Market Street.

Contractor Kenny Obayashi sent out letters in September to local businesses and residents, letting them know that blasting activities would occur as early as last month. However, as construction continued, it was determined that blasting wasn’t needed at that point.

Blasting allows construction crews to excavate rock beneath the ground to construct drop shafts and consolidation sewers, which connect surface sewers to the tunnel. The blasting is controlled and certified personnel are on-site to make sure that all necessary safety measures are in place. These safety measures include noise and vibration monitoring.

People within a half mile of the blast may hear a sound similar to fireworks for two to five seconds or feel vibrations as if a truck were passing by. Also, a small cloud of dust might rise from the blast area. An audible warning is given prior to each blast:

  • Five minutes prior to blasting – five long whistles
  • One minute prior to blasting – five short whistles
  • All-clear after blasting – one long whistle

In addition to the whistles, traffic will be stopped or rerouted for a short time near each of the blasting sites as follows:

  • OCIT-2 (Rand and Glendale)- Rand will be re-routed along with Market Street
  • OCIT-2 (Behind Federal Building) – SR59 and Market is re-routed during shots
  • OCIT-2 (In Summa Parking lot) – SR59 and Market is re-routed during shots
  • OCIT-3 (Exchange Street) – Exchange Street is expected to be the only street re-rerouted during shots, but this will not begin until early January

Blasting for the Rack 19 Drop Shaft (Southwest corner of West Market Street and Dart Avenue) began on Tuesday, November 8. Blasting is anticipated to occur daily, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the next four months. The typical blasting round at Rack 19 will be once per day. However, the first two rounds require smaller test blasts which may be shot on the same day, a few hours apart.

Blasting for the OCIT-2 Drop Shaft (Northwest Corner of Glendale Avenue and Rand Avenue) is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, November 14. Blasting is anticipated to occur once every week and a half between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the next four months.

Blasting for the OCIT-3 Drop Shaft (Below West Exchange Street, near the intersection of Exchange Street and South Main Street) is not anticipated to begin until early January 2017. Blasting at the OCIT-3 site is anticipated to occur once every week and a half between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for six months.

All blasting notifications will be posted on under the OCIT tab. For more information, please contact Heather Bolestridge, AWR! Communications Manager, at (330) 375-2949 or by email at [email protected].

For further information, contact:
[email protected]
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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