NBC 10 Philadelphia- Cydney Long
A construction noise nightmare! That's how residents along Jolly Road in Plymouth Township describe the turnpike expansion project happening in their backyards. NBC10's Cydney Long talked to residents who say the construction has led to sleepless nights.
The residents living on Jolly Road in Plymouth Township aren't so happy these days with the bright lights and loud noises that they say are keeping them up at night.
"It's consistent throughout the night--it's just beep, beep," said Janelle McClure, Plymouth Township resident.
Construction workers are out during the overnight hours, working to widen the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension from four to six lanes.
"It's absolutely shameful and arrogant that there is no regard for our quality of life," said Carolyn Nickels, who tells NBC10's Cydney Long that the noise constantly wakes her 84-year-old mother who is suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer. "The only peace she gets is when she's sleeping."
Nickels and other neighbors reached out to Senator Daylin Leach for help, who responded with a letter to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It reads in part-- "We are simply asking that loud construction stop between the hours of 11:00pm and sunrise. Every night when people can't sleep is a real hardship for the families involved."
The Turnpike Commission tells NBC10, "We are looking into this, and discussing it with our contractor. Without slowing or impeding the progress of the project we hope to work out a resolution," said Marianne Doyle, Public Information Manager.
The targeted completion of this expansion project is set for late 2013 to early 2014.
Residents tell NBC10 they are also reaching out to local council members to check the turnpike contract for any type of noise ordinance.