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Airport pile driving on Sundays

An artist’s impression of the new airport

Another phase of the new airport began this week with construction workers taking on the task of pile driving.

Because the noise levels are lower than expected, the work will now also take place on Sundays, according to a press release.

The process involves hammering steel piles into the ground at a depth of 115 feet within the footprint of the new terminal and passenger bridges and is essential for supporting the structure of the terminal,” said a statement from Skyport, who are responsible for construction.

“The work has been taking place between the hours of 7am and 10pm every Monday through Saturday. But due to lower than anticipated noise levels and in an effort to shorten the overall steel piling time, piling will now occur on Sundays between 7am and 6pm.

“This schedule is designed to ensure that the piling work is completed in as short of a time as possible whilst still minimising the impact on area residents and businesses. To date, 23 per cent of the steel piles have been driven.

“The steel piles will be installed with two rigs, both using the hammer method. There will be a significant noise and vibration impact on the surrounding area, with this expected to be the loudest phase of construction.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and thank the public for their patience as we build this important project.”

For further information, call Skyport on 293-2470 or e-mail info@Skyport.bm.

To learn more about the new terminal, visit www.skyport.bm.