‘I just want to sleep:’ Problem Solvers help stop loud, late-night Richmond project

Posted at 10:46 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 10:25:19-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Dozens of Richmond residents will wake up well rested Wednesday thanks to the help of the CBS 6 Problem Solvers.

Road work outside the Cokesbury apartment complex on North 5th Street has kept residents like Gray Fultz up at night.

"It sounded like a mix between a giant vacuum and a jackhammer and just engines from the giant truck,” Fultz said.

She said the work began Sunday around 8:30 p.m. and didn’t end until 12:30 a.m. Monday.

“Multiple times, called the non-emergency police and said 'hey, it’s so loud I can’t go to sleep. Also, I have to wake up in the morning. Can you do anything about this?'” said Fultz.

She said the road work continued Monday evening and didn’t finish until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“I understand living in the city it’s going to be loud, but that was another kind of loud, that was way too loud," said Fultz. "At 9:00 p.m. it starts like a jackhammering sound but even louder. So loud that we can’t even watch TV without having the captions on. We couldn’t even hear.”

City officials said the contractor hired by the Department of Public Utilities was instructed to do work at night, so businesses were not inconvenienced during the day. They did not realize the work would keep residents living above the worksite awake.

“I don’t mind if there’s construction during normal hours,” said Fultz. “I just want to sleep.”

Fultz contacted the CBS 6 Problem Solvers, who took the concerns to city officials.

Immediately, DPU said after hours work had been ceased.

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