Noise, dust and vibrations: What to expect during construction
While we will do our best to be a good neighbor, construction projects can be disruptive. The Oak Hill community should expect crews working in the corridor during the day, at night and on the weekends. This reduces the project schedule to a shorter duration. Night work allows for fewer daytime traffic impacts.
“As we roll up our sleeves to get this project done, neighbors should expect construction noise and dust, especially those along US 290,” said Christiana Astarita, TxDOT project manager. “We thank you for your patience as we work as quickly and as safely as possible.”
Neighbors and businesses should expect:
- Travel delays
- Lane shifts, closures and detours
- An increase in noise, vibration, dust and lighting (including during night work)
- Adjustments to business access
- Shifts in the schedule of activities
- Minor changes to the project design
- Temporary water/power disruptions
You may be hearing nighttime construction noise and wondering why this work is not occurring during the daytime. Nighttime construction activity, while not ideal, is often necessary for public safety. Performed during the day, certain construction efforts can pose a safety and mobility hazard to the traveling public; therefore, TxDOT restricts daytime lane closures along US 290 and SH 71.
While building transportation improvements, the contractor is doing several things to minimize noise:
- Concrete surfacing and grinding will only be performed during the day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- During the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the contractor will utilize a non-intrusive, self-adjusting noise level reverse signal alarm. This requirement does not apply to paving operations.
- Hammering for excavation purposes is not allowed during the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
While there are mitigation methods in place, noise cannot be eliminated. More questions and answers about what to expect during construction are located on the Oak Hill Parkway site here.