Highway 169 Blast A Fundraiser For Local Fire Department

Amy Adamle
July 08, 2017 06:10 PM

Off of Highway 169 on Saturday, the public was allowed to see the construction crew execute a blast.  

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It was a new idea contractors had to invite the community to see what they do and with one blast, they raiesd over $400 for the Eagles Nest Fire Department.  

"This is an easy way to do a fundraiser and fun for people to see," Barb Burns, president of the Fireflies said.

The blast was one of many they do for the construction project.  The fundraiser was put together by the construction company, Hoffman Construction, and the Fireflies, a group that supports the fire department.

"The idea to have the fundraiser came from our subcontractor, SX Blasting," project manager, Tom Dobberthein, said.  "They brought it up at the beginning of the project that they've done fundraisers before just to help the local communities." 

"It was no huge effort, so yes we feel it was well worth it," Burns said.

The construction project has been 19 years in the making and safety was the biggest issue. 

"Because of the unsafe curves, the hills, no passing zones, they pushed through legislation to get it built," Dobberthein said.  

The project started in April and will have three phases.  Residents of the area patiently await the much needed upgrades.

"The first phase is temporary widening that we've already gotten complete from like Trygg Road to Braddock Road," Dobberthein said.  "The second phase of the project is doing all of the heavy earth moving and grating down there and paving the new black top."  

The third phase will be done by July 2018, but while they worked, they wer able to help the community. 


Amy Adamle

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