Residents of Raleigh, N.C., left City Hall fuming after they failed in their effort to stop a quarry from expanding near their community, according to the News Observer.
Before the 5-to-2 vote, City Council members said Martin Marietta had agreed to several concessions intended to control noise and truck traffic at the site on Westgate Road near Interstate 540.
The company would limit blasting to an eight-acre area, with the remaining 89 acres used for storage of dirt and overburden. Earthen berms of up to 80 ft. would shield the activity. Martin Marietta has operated the Raleigh-Durham Quarry since the early 1980s and owns the land that will be used for the expansion.
Quarries provide crushed stone, sand and gravel for roads and buildings. By locating near high-growth areas, quarries can offer lower fuel and hauling costs.
Based in Raleigh, Martin Marietta operates more than 285 quarries and distribution facilities. The company has more than 270 employees in the Raleigh area.