Updated 09/14/2012 11:45 PM
Blasting Resumes Near Second Ave. Subway Site
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Three weeks after an underground explosion sent people running for cover on the Upper East Side, crews today are expected to resume blasting work near the 72nd Street entrance to the Second Avenue subway.
Sources tell NY1 blasting will take place in the cavern by 69th Street, not in the shaft at 72nd Street where rocks and dust flew out onto the street back on August 21.
A report released Thursday by the MTA says the contractor did not follow the approved blasting plan.
It said the holes were drilled at the wrong angle and the blasts were timed too close together.
It also said the decking was not secured properly.
The blaster's license has been suspended and the MTA says it's implementing more oversight and improved procedures to ensure everyone's safety.
"If it has to be done, they better do it because it just delays the finish of the subway but it has to be safely done,' said one Upper East Side resident.
"With their track record right now, you can only hope that it doesn't but more than likely they're probably going to end up having another issue especially if they don't put the safety of the neighborhood in concern first," said another Upper East Side resident.
State Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who represents the area, wants to ensure the contractor will be held responsible.
The first phase of the Second Avenue subway construction is expected to be completed by 2016.