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Blasting starts at Ottawa’s Centre Block

Blasting starts at Ottawa’s Centre Block

OTTAWA — Public Services and Procurement Canada has announced that controlled explosives will be employed and rock removal activities will begin July 30 in the construction perimeter in front of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, as excavation work continues for the construction of phase two of the Parliamentary Welcome Centre.

The activities will take place on weekdays during daylight hours.

During blasting, visitors to Parliament Hill and surrounding areas may feel vibrations and will hear horn signals in the following order: three short horn signals; one minute of silence; one short horn signal closely followed by the controlled explosion; one long horn signal.

Once completed, the Parliamentary Welcome Centre will supplement the current tour capability and provide parliamentarians with expanded parliamentary business support, stated a release.

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