Jen Ward 540-387-5238

SAL 76

Sept. 15, 2015

Blast will occur at 11 a.m. today

SALEM – In order to remove hillside as part of the reconstruction of Route 603 (North Fork Road), blasting of the hillside began this week and will continue until further notice.

Weather permitting, periodic blasts will occur Monday through Friday, during daytime hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Area residents and those in the surrounding areas, may feel vibrations or loud noise from blasts occurring on the project as they blast rock from the hillside.

A blast has been scheduled for today at 11 a.m.

The purpose of the reconstruction of Route 603 is to improve safety and traffic flow and provide a better connection between Route 11/460 and Interstate 81 at exit 128 (Ironto). The project entails widening the travel lanes, constructing paved shoulders, improving alignment of the roadway, replacing drainage structures and adding a right turn lane from Route 603 onto Route 11/460.

Route 603 (North Fork Road) has been closed to traffic since April of this year and is expected to re-open in January 2016. A detour is in place and drivers who travel from I-81 to homes on Route 460 have been encouraged to use Exit 132 at Dixie Caverns. Home owners living along North Fork Road will continue to have access to their homes during the project’s construction.

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