Construction noise keeping residents up at night

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

McCracken County, Ky.- It's not the barrels blocking off miles of I-24 that are bothering Gene Edwards. He's more bothered by the sounds of a bulldozer and the bright lights shining into his bedroom. He lives miles away from the construction site, but right next door to where the state is bring all the asphalt from the interstate.

Specifically, the trucks banging their tailgates," he said. "They drop that bed real fast, the tailgate hits real hard, that's a really loud noise."

Edwards said he knows there has to be some noise as crews do their jobs, but he says the sounds are excessive. He said he thinks there's a simple solution: move the pile.

Keith Todd, the spokesperson for the Transportation Cabinet said finding and funding another piece of land is not reasonable. He said he understands the frustrations, but added the site is there to save money.

"When you start doing the math, as far as the recycling part of it, this is best for the taxpayers at this point," he said.

The pile of used asphalt is saved and reused on shoulders and to fill potholes.
Todd said drivers have already switched the entrance they use and have been told to keep it down. He said he's not sure what else can be done.

"At some point there's a limit to what you can do to try to be a good neighbor, but we're going to do what we can to help out,' he said.

Luckily for Edwards and the rest of his neighbors, the first phase of milling will end this weekend. The bad news is, after about a month of peaceful nights, phase two will start.

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