Loud, late-night roadworks keeping Wellingtonians awake video

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A Mt Cook resident's video of roadworks on Wallace St about 8pm on Sunday. Similar noise levels persisted late into the night, the resident said.

The sound of jackhammers banging late into the night has been central Wellington residents from their sleep.

Jackhammers, compactors and concrete cutters were among the heavy machinery used on the Wallace St site in Mt Cook until after 2am, one resident said.

Despite making several noise complaints to the council and to the contractors carrying out the work, nothing had changed, the resident said.

The sound of jack-hammers in the early hours of the morning have kept Wallace St residents in central Wellington awake. ...
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The sound of jack-hammers in the early hours of the morning have kept Wallace St residents in central Wellington awake. (File Photo)

Wellington City Council acknowledged there had been "unacceptable" late-night noise disturbances, and said the council had spoken to contractor Fulton Hogan about the issue.

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One Wallace St resident who lives near the work site of the work said he was being kept awake "night after night" by jackhammers and other loud roadworks being carried out on the street below his house.

Machinery at work near the zebra crossing on Wallace St, taken about 10.30pm on Sunday.
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Machinery at work near the zebra crossing on Wallace St, taken about 10.30pm on Sunday.

As Wallace St is a busy road, residents are used to a certain amount of ambient noise, but not at the level of the loud roadworks, he said.

"Is it fair to keep people awake night after night?" 

He contacted Wellington City Council early last week, as well as Fulton Hogan, but nothing had been done. 

A photo taken after midnight of a resident speaking to council contractors about loud roadworks on Wallace St.
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A photo taken after midnight of a resident speaking to council contractors about loud roadworks on Wallace St.

The noise first started on Sunday June 25, and could still be heard on the following Sunday night.

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The roadworks are being carried out to prepare for a new set of traffic lights to be added to the zebra crossing at the top of Wallace St and are due to finish on July 21. 

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said: "We are aware of the complaints and we have told Fulton Hogan to stop doing noisy works after 11pm.

"It is unacceptable for that work to be going on that late at night and that early in the morning." 

It was council policy to stop all noisy roadworks after 11pm, unless it was for an emergency, he said. 

It was not unusual for works such as road sealing to be done at night, to prevent major traffic disruptions. But anything "liable to keep neighbours awake" was not allowed.

Cathie Simmonds, of Fulton Hogan, was asked for comment, but referred all questions to the council.


 

 - Stuff

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