Blast wall: Rolling roadblock stops traffic
A dump truck moves earth at the site of the North Grounds Connector just before the detonation of rock-breaking explosive charges Thursday, June 9. "This is getting annoying," says road-blocked driver Donny Layne, "and it's awful for my work schedule." Layne was among hundreds of drivers caught behind the rolling roadblock, a safety related stoppage lasting several minutes on Route 250. This was the third of four closures occasioned by blasting that's making the path clear for the Connector, UVA's $4.1 entrance to the John Paul Jones Arena. The first two blasts occurred May 26 and June 2. The final blasting took place Friday, June 17.
–TEXT AND PHOTO BY SUSAN ANSPACH