Updated: 06/09/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 5:08 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
A construction project in Duluth broke ground a couple months ago, but Monday the ground started moving.
"We're ready to do the first blast to install sanitary sewers and water maintenance," Saint Louis County Resident Engineer Steve Krasaway said.
Rock blasting will be taking place on 57th Avenue West and Highland Street over the next several weeks. There will be a few blasts a day and the first one went off Monday.
"No rocks will ever leave the road," Krasaway said. "We mat it with old tires pinned together to prevent any rocks form leaving the surface."
A signal will alert residents five minutes before a blast and again one minute before the blast. There will also be another alert once the explosion is over.
"I'm glad the road is getting redone," resident Eric Montgomery said.
Residents near the project said the inconvenience of construction will be worth it to replace the old road.
"We usually went up and down 59th because 57th was so bad," resident Gary Weiss said. "It might be a pain right now, but in the long run it will be worth it."
"The road is so old it needed to be rebuilt, a lot of potholes," resident Art Zylka said.
The $10.7 million project is set to be completed by October. The rock blasting will be happening over the next four to six weeks.
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