Blasting ongoing at construction site
Residents living in the area near Carbonear General Hospital are being advised that extensive construction blasting will be taking place in the coming weeks as site work continues on a new long-term care home.
The Department of Transportation and Works issued an advisory on April 25, noting that blasting will take place up to four times per day at the site adjacent to the hospital, and will continue until the end of June.
Residents in the area have been notified by the contractor and communications are ongoing with officials at Carbonear General Hospital to ensure staff are always notified in advance of blasting activity, the advisory stated.
The 18,500 square metre, four story, 250-bed long-term care facility will have space for recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and worship. It is expected to be ready for its first residents in late 2014 or early 2015.
Meanwhile, the upper south side visitors parking lot at Carbonear General Hospital was permanently closed recently due to construction. A new parking area is available at the lower north side of the hospital.
Parking will change a number of times at the hospital site to accommodate the various construction phases for the project, Eastern Health explained in a news release.
The public is encouraged to pay particular attention to directional signage at the hospital during this period.
contract was awarded recently to Ellisdon Corporation Ltd. to construct the main building for the new long-term care facility.
It’s believed to be the largest contract ever awarded for a single building project in this region. By comparison, the contract to build the Carbonear General Hospital in the 1970s was valued at approximately $11 million.
The new facility will replace the Harbour Lodge and Interfaith Home in Carbonear and Pentecostal Home in Clarke’s Beach.