, Salem, MA

July 12, 2013

Salem Hospital to blast today


---- — SALEM — Blasting is expected to start today as part of the construction of a new power plant at North Shore Medical Center.

The “low-impact blasts ... are expected to have minimal impact on surrounding neighborhoods,” the medical center said in a press release. “Some noise and vibration is possible.”

A contractor is blasting ledge in order to dig underground utility trenches to connect electrical and communication cables from Highland Avenue and Jefferson Avenue to the new generation facility being built behind the Davenport building.

The blasts, which could occur up to four times a day, begin today and continue through the summer.

Beginning this week, the medical center closed a portion of the Axelrod access road that connects the front and back of the Salem Hospital property. During the three-month closing, detour signs will be posted and security officers will direct traffic. Visitors should allow extra time for parking, the hospital said.

Patients and visitors coming to the Axelrod 5 entrance, the Birthplace or Spaulding North Shore should enter by Dove Avenue from Jefferson Avenue.

For construction updates, visit the hospital’s website,

Work on the new power plant, which is replacing a 100-year-old facility, is expected to be completed next July.

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