WORKERS have been ordered to push old-fashioned brooms in place of driving noisy sweeper and vacuum trucks following complaints about late night work linked to the Sydney light rail.
The construction bosses have even banned drivers from putting their trucks into reverse so they won’t make that annoying “beep, beep, beep” sound.
And electric saws will now be used instead of loud petrol-powered models.
Work to create new road lanes along Market St to cope with CBD traffic flow changes caused by the introduction of the Sydney tram line goes ahead between from 8pm and 6am Sunday to Thursday. “Noisier work” is supposed to finish at midnight.
But a resident of the The Berkeley apartments, who asked not to be named, said the late night sound of machinery, large vehicles and workers shouting at the construction site near the corner of Market and Clarence streets, is sending nearby residents “mad” through lack of sleep.
In December, the Daily Telegraph reported that workers were being bombarded with plastic shampoo bottles thrown from a high-rise apartment block, forcing transport officials to temporarily stop work and call police.
“We’ve been putting up with all this noise for months and now we get a note from the construction contractors that they will try and lessen the noise,” the resident said.
“But we all think it’s a joke because they’ve said before they’d stop the noise, but it hasn’t stopped.”
The contractors, CBD Alliance — a consortium of Roads and Maritime Services and Lend Lease — has written to residents to explain the noise dampening measures.
The notice says that “in an effort to reduce the impact of night work” it will trial the use of electric saws.
It will also use “water and brooms in place of vacuum trucks to clear debris where practicable” and “ensure sweeper trucks loop around the block and do not use reverse alarms”.
Carpets and mats will be used to dampen noise and noisy equipment will be surrounded by “sound boxes”.
CBD Alliance also told residents it will try and restrict night time work to two nights or less per week where possible.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said construction crews are committed to minimising noise impacts for residents and businesses.
“Trials of new/adapted equipment to reduce noise impacts have been successful and are being implemented,” the spokesman said.
“The majority of work is completed during the day, however some work needs to be carried out at night or on weekends to reduce impact to traffic, buses and pedestrians.”
Work on Market Street is scheduled for completion by mid-2016.