The official FIX50 reconstruction project has not started yet. However, residents who live nearby already said they are experiencing problems.
“The first night that they started up, I just couldn’t fall asleep,” Stephen Switzer, resident of X Street, said.
“Last week, when night construction began, and we were woken up with noise at 10:45 at night, it was very surprising,” Jackie O’Connell, another X Street resident, said.
O’Connell said she had seen scaffolding go up recently, but did not expect loud drilling until the advertised construction start date of April 22, 2014.
Caltrans spokesperson Deanna Shoopman told Fox 40, work for the $46 million project actually began January 23, 2014. Right now, they are in the overnight pre-Construction phase- a loud but necessary step for resurfacing.
A stretch of Eastbound Highway 50 between 19th and 24th streets, as well as the 11th and 16th Street on ramps have been closed every night to early morning since last Friday. From April 22, 2014 to May 21, 2014 crews will be shutting down all Eastbound lanes in the area. From May 27, 2014 to June 25, 2014, they will be working on Westbound lanes, closing that to all drivers.
Another problem nearby residents said they see are the powder residue of the drilled concrete. Many said they need to use the windshield wipers in the morning before driving their cars.
“That powder stuff, I noticed that today,” Switzer recalled. “There’s definitely something on the car now.”
Shoopman said Caltrans is working to mitigate any nuisance issues with nearby residents. They will be giving out free earplugs to those that need them.
For current freeway closure times, go to http://fix50.com/current-stage-info
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