UPDATE: Morgantown Airport construction to include blasting next week

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UPDATE (JUNE 1, 2021 4:45 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On Tuesday, blasting took place, as scheduled.

Jonathon Vrabel, airport director, said the goal was to break up rock that will be used to build the foundation of the future runway.

Vrabel

Today was the first time, they blast once a day, so they did their blasting today at noon everything went well, as they had planned. And now, they will start excavating that area where the blast occurred. But, all the aggregate that was loose, they’re going to excrete that out, and then they’ll prepare for the next blasting, which will probably be in two to three days.

Jonathon Vrabel

Vrabel said there is not an exact number of blasts set for the project. Crews will keep blasting and collecting materials until they have enough. 

Overall, he said, he’s excited to have the blasting phase underway.

“It’s great to see it happening because it shows that we are moving full steam ahead to get this project moving,” Vrabel said. “You know, the blasting loosens up the big durable rock that we need for the foundation. And you know, once we get all that durable rock in place, we’ll start being able to build that embankment that we need for the runway extension.”

You can learn more about the Runway Extension Project and sign up for email and text alerts on its progress, online.

ORIGINAL (MAY 28, 2021 9:35 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Blasting will occur at the Morgantown Municipal Airport Runway Extension Project construction site on Tuesday, June 1, officials announced.

Blasting will occur at noon, with an alternate time of 5:30 p.m.

Residents who live near the airport may hear blasting noise coming from the construction site during this time.

You can learn more about the Runway Extension Project and sign up for email and text alerts on its progress, online.

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