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Blasting halted on east end tunnel for additional support construction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Underground blasting on the tunnel for the east end bridge project has been temporarily suspended, according to a press release. 

The blasting will be halting for approximately four to six weeks as crews work to support the tunnel. The decision comes after debris fell form the ceiling of the southbound tunnel near the entrance Friday night.  

“Our first priority is always worker safety, and we're adding some tunnel reinforcements simply to ensure that safety,” said Rob Morphonios, project director for WVB East End Partners, the company in charge of the design and construction the East End Crossing. “We're very glad to err on the side of caution.”

According to the release, occasional shifting is not uncommon in this type of common but the amount of shifting Friday warrants additional structural support as a precaution.

Morphonios added in the release that earth monitoring instruments at the site, as well as geologists present during all excavation activity, affirm that the tunnel is structurally sound.

Blasting on the tunnel began in the summer of 2013 and crews finally broke through the southbound tunnel connecting the two ends earlier this month

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