BELMONT — Police are warning residents who will be traveling along Rte. 3 near the Belknap Mall that there will be blasting during the week, beginning Thursday morning and ending on May 29.
Hiltz Construction Co., which is the general excavating contractor for a project that will ultimately see a new 13,000-square-foot Goodwill Store and a second 8,400-square-foot-retail store that is yet to have a tenant on the site of the former Belknap Subaru dealership, is leveling the property.
During the blasting times, police said there will be temporary stoppages for about 5 to 7 seven minutes around 10 a.m. in the morning and again around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
The roads that will be affected are Rte. 3, Ladd Hill Road, Durette Road and Old State Road. The shut down, said police, is to ensure no errant debris affects passing motorists.
Uniformed officers along with flaggers will bring traffic to a stop a few minutes before the blast and reopen the road way immediately after getting the all clear signal.
Advisory signs have been posted and motorists are encouraged to seek other routes.
According to Belmont Planning Director Candace Daigle, the blasting is to remove enough ledge to allow the company a level footprint for the new building.
She said Hiltz also plans on boring its way under Route 3 to the Belmont Mall to connect to electrical services.
"The boring is going to be pretty cool," she said. "They believe with the newest technology they have they can do it in one day."
CUTLINE: Excavators and dump trucks from Hiltz Construction remove rock and soil from the site of a new 16,000-square-foot Goodwill building yesterday afternoon. Beginning tomorrow, there will be blasting and motorists can expect delays around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)
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