We live in the Capitol Square Place development, south of 395 between 7th and 9th Streets SW. Road work on 395 has steadily moved east from the river all summer long. Because it was around the bend of the road, we were rarely bothered by it. However, now that the main work site is directly behind our house (see map) we notice it quite a bit, especially because they work 24/7 or close to it. We are used to quite a bit of traffic noise, horns, sirens, etc, but the huge generator they have constantly running plus the hammering, backing up beeping, and other loud construction work has become unbearable. It’s 11 pm as I write this and the generator is drowning out a white noise machine (that normally covers up all the traffic noise but sirens) and a pair of earplugs. It’s almost rattling the window panes!
I’ve emailed my ANC rep, DDOT, and the mayors office. Next step will be to get my neighbors to complain, too. But what is probably the best route? It has got to be a regulation that non emergency road work can’t be done during sleeping hours if it’s within a certain distance from residential properties, but I don’t know how to find out. We want 395 to be safe and maintained, and we DONT want to prolong the traffic impact this work is having either. But it has got to stop from at least 10pm-6am or I’m going to go bonkers.