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Blasting sounds in Durham part of Northern High School construction

Posted October 27, 2021 9:42 a.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2021 5:18 a.m. EDT

— People who live or work in Durham could hear loud blasting sounds Wednesday afternoon.

County leaders explain the blast is due to construction on the new Northern High School, which will be located on North Roxboro Street near the Riverview Shopping Center.

The new building will replace an aging, dilapidated building that Northern High School Principal Dan Gilfort said is the oldest in the county.

According to Gilfort, the existing building does not have locks on bathroom door stalls, has eye-washing stations in classrooms that don't work and a school sign that is cracked.

"It's critical," he said. "We have the oldest high school in the district (that was) I believe built in 1956."

Officials hope the new building will be open by 2023.

The Durham County Fire Marshal will be on-site at the North Roxboro Street location as crews carry out blasting.

Work is expected to start at 3 p.m.

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