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Cary residents blame road construction for sleepless nights

Posted June 29, 2011

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— Residents of a Cary neighborhood say construction on an extension of N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highway 55 and Green Level Church Road is keeping them up at night.

"We're hearing everything from general truck noise to trucks that only seem to know how to go in reverse – that persistent 'beep, beep, beep," Kristin Lamendola, a resident of the town's Highcroft community, said Wednesday.

From her back yard, through the trees, she has a front-row seat to crews building and paving N.C. 540.

In the daytime hours, she said, the construction isn't a problem. For months, though, the work's been happening in the middle of the night, several nights a week.

"They beep at 11:30 p.m., they beep at 3:30 in the morning," she said.

Between the beeps, she said, there are loud booms from workers laying concrete.

"When they are paving, specifically behind the house, it's continuous, and it's deafening," Lamendola said.

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It's affecting her sleep, which affects her work, she said, and it's also affecting her children's performance at school.

Lamendola and her neighbors have repeatedly asked the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, which is in charge of the project, to stop work when families are trying to sleep.

But the project's chief engineer, Steve Dewitt, said that's not an option.

"When we get temperatures in the high 80s or 90s, we simply can't pave concrete during the day. So we have to do it at night," Dewitt said.

The Turnpike Authority has tried to minimize the noise as much as possible, but daytime paving when it's extremely hot affects the quality of the concrete, he said, and waiting to pave during the fall would delay the project and cost more money.

Neighbors in Highcroft say there are other costs, too.

"What's the cost of completely degrading the quality of life that myself, my family and my neighbors have been experiencing?" Lamendola said. "It never enters into their equation, and it's sad that a state agency is doing this to their own citizenry."

Dewitt said that trucks have been re-routed and one extremely loud piece of equipment has been removed.  He said nothing can be done about the beeping noise since that is a safety measure required by law on construction vehicles going in reverse. 

Officials hope to finish construction on that particular area within five days. The entire project is expected to be completed by December 2012. 


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  • funkychicken Jun 30, 2011

    It was no secret that those neighborhoods would border 540. The homebuyers whould have done their due diligence-a few mouse clicks would have uncovered everything they needed to know to make a better decision. Not trying to be harsh, but I am largely unsympathetic towards people who should have done their homework on the biggest purchase of their lives.

  • Mazdaspeed Jun 30, 2011

    Give me a break.......I live right in the same area and even worse I live on a corner lot 50 ft from green level west. So I have machines AND dump trucks/transporters driving by at all hours of the night. I'll be honest, it's not even noticeable after the first night.....I know these people and they're all smug anyway.

  • calowther Jun 30, 2011

    Why doesn't the DOT go ahead and install the sound barriers that are usually installed as one of the last things when a road is being constructed? It is obvious that these people are close enough to the new road that they will have one placed there for noise in the future anyway so why not go ahead and install it before construction begins so they can get some sleep.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2011

    Yes RachaelA -- it would seem that is exactly what the baiters and haters do. "Cary" in a headline is a sure bet that the vast majority of the comments will be immature and lame.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jun 30, 2011

    And once the road opens, does the homeowner think traffic will stop at bedtime? She should enjoy the quiet now, while it lasts!

  • RAA0013 Jun 30, 2011

    Wow - do the Cary haters just troll WRAL for articles about Cary so they can Cary bash in the comments? To me it is strange to take time to write negative comments about a place so many of you hate anyway and insult people you don't even know. Why not just read the article and move on?

  • jaydosse Jun 30, 2011

    Will someone please send a case of tissues up to Cary. The rest of the citizens in this state are growing weary of the Cary-ite whining. GROW UP !!! There is a real world beyond Cary!!!

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 30, 2011

    I'm assuming those taking the "you should have known 540 would be coming when you bought your house so zip it" stance felt the same way about the Bowden house controvesy on Maynard (RIP Mr. Bowden)...juss sayin'

  • lkanzig Jun 30, 2011

    the next thing i hear they have to complain about is the hours of daylight. they only want it to shine in certain directions at different times of day.

  • no contest Jun 29, 2011

    Are these the same type of people that move into a home by an airport and then complain about the noise?