Traffic mess, noise ordinance prevents City from working overnight

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 9:39 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- City officials scheduled dozens of road construction projects to take place across Spokane during the summer. Drivers dealt with massive traffic delays in July, after about a third of the projects began simultaneously on the South Hill.

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KREM 2 News caught up with one family, visiting from Montana, who chose to walk between doctor’s appointments because the traffic created too much of a hassle.

“It’s kind of an inconvenience because we have to run up the hill to another doctor now and then back down here,” said Casey Lyndes of Montana.

Drivers were taking all kinds of detours to get through the South Hill.  Some wondered why crews were working during the day instead of overnight. KREM 2 On Your Side investigated and found that crews struggled with a noise ordinance that prevented them from working overnight in residential areas.

Julie Happy with the City of Spokane said the noise ordinance limits crews to working during business hours for the most part. 

“To allow people some times in their home to enjoy their evening without things happening,” she explained.

Budgeting was another reason crews were limited to working Monday through Friday.  Happy said additional work on weekends would cost the City overtime.  Happy also added that working on multiple projects at the same time saves money.

CONNECT: Map road construction projects in the City of Spokane

 

 

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