Township of Cheltenham, PA

12/07/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2017 18:40


Cheltenham Township's project to replace Interceptor 'A' in the sanitary sewer system has hit a rock, literally, significantly delaying the project. The Township's contractor, R-III Construction, Inc., has exhausted a variety of increasingly more aggressive mechanical measures, including the use of heavy duty quarry/mining equipment, without success to remove a massive rock formation from the worksite near the Fire Training Center along Tookany Creek Parkway in Cheltenham. Consequently, controlled drilling and blasting will be utilized to remove the rock between 10AM and 11AM on Friday, December 8.

The blasting is permitted by both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining, and the Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal. Blasts will be developed to minimize ground vibrations and offer the greatest protection possible to surrounding structures. Each blast will be preceded by a security check of the blast area to prevent unauthorized entry, then a series of warning whistles.

The extent of the rock formation within the Interceptor 'A' project area is not known and the contractor will conduct surveys in the area to determine whether blasting will be required in additional areas along the Interceptor 'A' project area. Residents with buildings located within 200 feet of a blast area will be contacted prior to any blast as the contractor is required to conduct pre-blast surveys.

More details about the safety standards are available online along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's 'Citizen's Guide to Explosives Regulations in Pennsylvania.' For more information, contact the blasting contractor Hayduk Enterprises, Inc., at 800-542-5352.