NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several months of blasting began Tuesday for the largest public project in the history of the state of Tennessee.
Explosives shook the earth just after 6 a.m. at the site of the new $585 million Music City Center. Crews then spent much of the day preparing for the next blast.
Signs posted on the fence surrounding the site indicate an alarm will sound five minutes before each blast and then again at one minute prior.
Protective mats will also be placed on the earth above the blasting area to mitigate any flying debris.
The next blasting will likely be between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The blasting is expected to continue seven days a week for the next six months.
Officials expect there to be at least one if not two blasts each day.
When complete, the 1.2 million-square-foot convention center will sit just south of the Sommet Center in an area bordered by Demonbreun Street to the north, Korean Veterans Parkway to the south, 5th Avenue to the east and 8th Avenue to the west and replace the current convention center on Lower Broadway.
Metro officials estimate that 360,000 tons of rock and dirt will be removed for the excavation of the 17-acre site.
A spokesperson for the Nashville International Airport said much of it will end up in a fill zone on airport property.