Blast­ing on­go­ing at con­struc­tion site

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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.

A $73.7

mil­lion

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.

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