Commercial building contractors have begun site preparation and excavation work at the former Onaway Airport property to start the construction of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s new headquarters and member service center.

According to PIE&G’s CEO, Tom Sobeck, “Construction crews and excavators have been working over the last few weeks preparing the ground to lay the foundation for the new building. We want to make the public aware that it has become necessary for the contractors to use dynamite at the site to break up some of the underground rock to set the footings for the foundation. We apologize for any inconvenience during this activity and we’d like to thank area residents in advance for their patience and understanding.”

The process includes drilling and blasting, which is expected to be done Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm, starting on Monday, May 18.  The work could last approximately three weeks.