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September 25, 2013

Shattered peace

Amesbury condo owners struggle with noise, lights from bridge construction

AMESBURY – It wasn’t long ago when Scott Taylor could stand out on his deck and enjoy a nice quiet view of the Merrimack River, but as construction has ramped up on the Whittier Bridge project, what was once a peaceful piece of waterfront property has become nearly uninhabitable.

Taylor and his family live in a condo at 525 Main Street, a four-unit residential complex directly adjacent to the Whittier Bridge. The Taylors occupy the condo closest to the bridge, and since construction began early last month, it has become almost impossible to deal with all of the noise and light generated by the project, he said.

Taylor said the noise usually begins around 6:30 a.m. when the workers start to arrive, and then the construction itself starts at 7 a.m. and lasts throughout the whole day. He added that whenever the workers drill into the bedrock down in the river, the whole house shakes, and it’s not uncommon for them to come home and find dozens of crooked pictures on the wall.

Then there is the clanking sounds made by the heavy equipment, the buzzing sounds made by drills and the constant roar of diesel engines made by the various machines. Even at night there is constant activity, and the noise and light from the site often makes it almost impossible for his three young children to sleep.

“The kids are having a hard time taking naps, they’re having a hard time sleeping at night, and it bothers us as well because two of the bedrooms are facing the highway and so you’re hearing all the work that’s going on,” Taylor said. “All the backup beeping from the trucks, and these huge lights that are shining that no amount of curtains blocks out, and it illuminates everything.”

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