82°Partly Cloudy

Rosslyn, Get Ready for Some Blasting

by ARLnow.com February 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm 2,038 17 Comments

Arlington County is warning Rosslyn workers and residents to expect some blasting as a result of work on a new entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station.

According to an email from the county, contractor Clark Construction has excavated to a depth of 20 feet but is about to hit bedrock. Once it does, Clark will need to start blasting to reach the ultimate depth of 100 feet. The blasting is expected to start “in the near future.”

County officials say they’re doing everything they can to keep the noise down, including putting a concrete cap on the “blast shaft” and using “blast mats.”

“Blasting is often a standard practice for excavation and due to the small footprint of the work site, the contractor anticipates minimal noise and vibration,” the county said. “Close coordination has occurred with all partners on the construction project, including the Arlington County Fire Marshall, Police Department, Metro, and others.”

The actual time of day when blasting will occur and possible street closures are currently being worked out with the Fire Marshal’s office.

  • Westover

    Fire in the hole!

  • FrenchyB

    …and boom goes the dynamite.

  • CW

    I try to put a cap on my blast shaft whenever possible. It’s just a good habit to get into.

  • borf

    Sounds like a blast.

    I’m the bomb and I’m ’bout to go off.

  • Wayne Kubicki

    Do the words “blasting” and “Metro” in the same sentence give anyone any pause?

    • JEdgar

      Not me, but you are likely on a watch list for posting it in the same sentence.

    • Lou

      Actually it’s cool that the station is pretty much right under the site. I’ve been around plenty of blasting jobs, but never in a position where I could be way underground but near the blast. I’ll have to find out what time they’re doing it, it’s usually a once a day operation at a set time, and it will go on for a couple of weeks or however long it takes.

      • CW

        Watch for falling ceiling tiles.

    • They make the CB members light the fuse and run.

      Start in reverse alphebetical order please.

  • Andrew

    I’m surprised the Rosslyn BID hasn’t sold tickets for this. “You’ll have a blast in Rosslyn!”

  • OX4

    Oh man, they hit bedrock. Hope they have a bucket of water in case they hit lava.

    • cj

      And lava, in case they hit water?

      • America’s Got Talent

        Oh they hit water already.

    • Anna P

      A Minecraft reference if I ever saw one! I loled.

    • Thes


    • OX4

      Minecraft ftw!

  • steve

    Solution for those who want to stop this: say explosions offend you. the liberals in Arlington will do whatever it takes to prevent you from feeling offended.


Subscribe to our mailing list