Mars Area School District was informed late this morning (Tuesday, Oct. 12) that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will NOT be conducting rock blasting today as part of the Ball’s Bend Improvement Project along Route 228 in Middlesex Township.
PennDOT has rescheduled the rock blasting for Wednesday, Oct. 13; Thursday, Oct. 14; and Friday, Oct. 15. All blasting will occur between 1 and 1:30 p.m. on those dates. (In the event of inclement weather, a “rain date” is schedule on Monday, Oct. 18.)
Three (3) minutes prior to each blast, three (3) sirens will sound as an alert and all traffic in the area will be stopped. Immediately following the blast, crews will clear the roadways of any debris before traffic may resume. PennDOT anticipates that the traffic stoppages will last for approximately 15 minutes.
Given the proximity of the planned Ball’s Bend blasting and construction work to Mars Area School District’s school campuses, the sounds of the warning sirens and blasts will, most likely, be heard in and around our buildings and school facilities. Please know that our building principals and teachers/staff members have been informed of the planned blasting schedule and will remind all students, prior to the activity.
Please note that, while this activity is not expected to affect afternoon school bus traffic, the potential exists for some secondary school buses to be delayed in arriving on time for afternoon dismissal at Mars Area High School and Mars Area Middle School and in returning student to their bus stops. Afternoon dismissal for students at the District’s elementary schools is less likely to be affected; however, some minor delays may still be possible. If any delays are reported, the District will communicate that information in a timely manner.