Alderman addresses Third Ward construction complaints

CREATED Feb 7, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Nighttime construction on I-794 is keeping dozens of residents awake in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

Nearly 40 people have complained to Alderman Bob Bauman, who represents that district. One resident sent a home video to Bauman showing the loud construction and the time it took place: 1:11 a.m.
Bauman compared the noise to the "bombardment of Iraq".
"So 1:15 in the morning, the Third Ward is under siege by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. What's worse is they claim this will go on for the indefinite future."
DOT officials state on their website that crews aim to finish the loudest part of the construction by the end of this weekend. They apologize for the inconvenience.
The remodeling of I-794 is set to be complete by 2015.
State crews are exempt from abiding by the city's noise ordinance so that they can get their work done.
Bauman wants to get rid of the exemption. He plans on writing a letter to the Governor and is also considering filing a lawsuit against the contractors. He encourages distraught Third Ward residents to log their complaints with the Governor's office.
Some residents who live right next door to the construction aren't rattled by the noise and say it's just a part of urban living.
"When you buy in building next to a highway, you can expect a little noise," said Third Ward resident Debbie Costello. "You just adapt. It's fine."