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Silver Spring Transit Center blasting

Construction on the Silver Spring Transit Center takes a somewhat noisy turn starting today: Blasting begins this morning as part of work on the transit center. People who live or work near the Transit Center site -- bordered by Colesville Road, the Metro station, Wayne Avenue and Ramsey Avenue -- should be warned they might hear blasting for the near future.

The blasting will take place mainly between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will last for between four to six weeks. The good news: It is expected to have little or no impact beyond the construction fence, won't impact traffic and shouldn't impact pedestrian access, according to the county. (If it's determined that an area outside of the construction fence would be impacted, staff will stop pedestrians from entering the zone until blasting is completed.)

Blasts will be accompanied by a series of audible warnings. If you're in the neighborhood, you might hear the following: Five minutes before a blast occurs, a 30-scond air horn. Five seconds before the blast occurs, three short horn tones. And within a minute of the blast itself, a 15-second all clear horn will blow to let you know the blast is completed.

By Mark Berman  |  February 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction  
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Today, at 2:00 p.m., I learned that you can't hear the airhorns inside my office building (with windows that overlook the future transit center), but you can sure hear and feel the explosions!

Posted by: EtoilePB | February 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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