Drilling and excavation work near Highway 15 between the Atwater Interchange and Wellington Street
Over the next three weeks, drilling work followed by excavation work will take place near Highway 15 between the Atwater Interchange and Wellington Street. The first excavation works will take place in relatively isolated locations (see blue circle), far from residents, and will consist in drilling to remove soil samples for characterization purposes. This characterization will enable laboratory tests to be done to determine the presence of asbestos in the soil and to revise the methods for subsequent work, if required. During the drilling work, the SSL team will wear appropriate equipment as a preventive measure (e.g. goggles, masks and white coveralls). These operations do not present any risk to the health and safety of nearby residents.
For the excavation of asbestos-contaminated soil that will take place in three delineated areas (see the red circles), every measure is taken to ensure the health and safety of workers and nearby residents. All the necessary permits and authorizations have to be obtained from the appropriate authorities prior to the work, and best practices will be followed by the SSL team with close monitoring by the CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail). These operations do not present any risk to the health and safety of nearby residents.
Here are the main measures taken during the excavation work: decontamination trailer on site, workers with an asbestos training certificate, use of protective equipment (mask, Tyvek white coveralls, gloves and boots), fencing off of work areas and use of orange webbing, appropriate signs, and disposal of debris at a MDDELCC-approved site.
Drilling work will begin shortly and excavation work will take place in late January and should last a few days. This work is being done to prepare for the relocation of the water main as part of the widening of Highway 15 in this area.