Friday, October 26, 2012

Roadwork should respect neighbors

As a resident of south Woodside, I would like to comment on the road construction that we have endured all summer and now into the fall. It was a summer of digging and bulldozing and grading and re-digging. Dirt from this work has covered every flat surface in my home.
But we are dealing with it, because certainly the work must be progressing—it’s just a three-mile stretch of road. On and on it went—June, July, August, September and now October.
I’ve been patient, I think. But on Oct. 7 something happened that was simply unacceptable—the work started up again at 8 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. The steamroller literally shook my house and the incessant beeping of the backup warning came through my closed windows. We have a noise ordinance. This work was well outside the hours stated in that ordinance.
I think it is extremely important for Knife River and the city of Hailey to remember that this work is being done in a neighborhood, not out on a secluded highway. People, families, live along this road. We have put up with a lot. I, personally, will be very thankful when it is finished, but this work cannot happen late at night. The road construction needs to be completed respectfully, with mindfulness for the residents it impacts.
I expect that Knife River was worried that the weather might change before they finish, so they decided to work at night. As the saying goes, “Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part” (something like that).
We are a respectful community. I don’t think it is too much to ask that those who are contracted to work here should be respectful as well.

Alison Smart



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