Highway upgrade blasts along

AS far as meetings go, these ones should be a blast for locals.

The RTA hopes residents will attend information sessions to learn about extra controlled blasting which might be needed on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.

The sessions will be held at the Emerald Beach site compound, with the first on Wednesday, August 17, from 6pm to 8pm and the other on Saturday, August 20, from 9am to 11am.

“Controlled blasting is carried out to break up very hard rock which can’t be broken using traditional machinery,” an RTA spokesman said.

“The project team may need to perform additional controlled blasting north of Campbell Close at Sapphire Beach and at Graham Drive South at Sandy Beach.

“Investigations are now being carried out to see if the extra blasting is necessary.”

The spokesman said the controlled blasts would be undertaken at the most convenient times for the local community, with the blasting taking around 15 minutes each time.

“The controlled blasts must comply with the project’s planning approval conditions and the noise expected would be minimal and only last for a few seconds.

“The vibration would not be expected to be felt beyond the immediate vicinity of the controlled blasts.

“Monitoring would be carried out to record noise and vibration levels for each controlled blast. Blasts would be carefully managed by the project team.”

Safety and protecting the community’s property are paramount during controlled blasting, according to the RTA.

The project team will engage experienced contractors for the blasting.

For more information about the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade, call the toll-free information line on 1800 63 63 63 or visit the RTA’s Pacific Highway upgrade website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific.

The Federal and NSW governments are funding the upgrade.

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