Noisy road work worries neighbors

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 11:23 PM

SEATTLE -- It may be a sluggish Saturday morning for people living along I-5 near the University District. Loud grinding work by Washington state Department of Transportation (WsDOT) crews may mean little sleep.

Contractors will being repairing and grinding concrete on southbound I-5 from Northgate to just south of E. Roanoke Street. The work starts from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. or from 9pm to 5am on select nights through next month.

 
“The resurfacing machines have these brutal teeth on them, that’ll be super noisy,” said Nate Janega, who lives nearby.
 
Janega is a UW graduate student that has two midterms and a term paper coming up.
 
“Jackhammers might be a bit much at 4 a.m., but we’ll see what that’s like,” he said.
 
Residents like Mark Vanderven expect to be kept up by the work.
 
“It sounds like it’s really going to compound the noise in the area,” he said.
 
He’s a light sleeper but calls the road work a small sacrifice. Residents say parts of southbound I-5 have been patched and repaired many times, creating a bumpy ride.
 
“I think it will be worth it in the long run,” said Vanderven.               
For Janega, the noise will be a nuisance, but he knows his professors won’t accept it as an excuse.
 
“I actually already have ear plugs. I don’t intend to use them, but we’ll see,” said Janega.
 
South King County will experience similar road work next week. Several lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed every night between S. 308th Street and S. 260th Street for pavement repair.
 
The State Department of Transportation has set up a noise hotline for residents.
 
They’re urged to call 206-440-4DOT for free earplugs or to get more information about construction.
 

 

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