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Atlantic Yards-related work extends to 24 hours a day, resulting in many reported quality of life impacts

 

Late night and weekend work hours continue to be expanded at Atlantic Yards.  The work in the video above takes place at Atlantic and 4th Avenues on a regular basis late at night and is concluded at 6 am.  This video is from September 1st.

Normal construction work hours at the site extend from 7 am to 3:30 pm.  Work in the arena is now often 24 hours a day during the week and extends into weekends.  As of this weekend, work in the Vanderbilt railyard will take place both Saturdays and Sundays. Truck deliveries for the arena have now been moved forward to as early as 6:00 am.   Construction staging on block 1129 is active any time extended hours work takes place elsewhere in the footprint or its vicinity.

The number of workers during extended hours is often significantly less than during normal weekday hours.  And according to the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, "work that generates high noise levels would be scheduled during weekday daytime hours to the extent feasible...unless required by safety or other agency requirements." Now safety and other agency requirements often appear to override community noise concerns.

The work can be distressing for residents nearby.  In the last several months repeated complaints have been made about the installation of the traffic mitigations at Atlantic and 4th Avenues.  From one incident report September 9th:

"there is on-going night-time construction of roads in and around the Flatbush / Atlantic intersection. Many people are not aware of this b/c the crews start work at 9:30 pm and finish at 5:30 am. The noise is unbearable for those of us that live near the intersection. Extremely loud jackhammering and pounding of steel road plates all night. Children (and adults) in the units facing Atlantic up and down the block and around the intersection are not sleeping at all. We all understand the project and its needs, but the NYC DEP has clear guidelines for night construction that the contractor is ignoring. There are no sound mufflers on the jackhammers or any other precautions being used by the contractor. These are required by law! What can we do to stop this madness? I've heard many people threatening violence, and i understand their level of frustration b/c this is tantamount to sleep deprivation torture. If the DOT / DEP commission or someone in charge would come observe for one night and hear what is going on they would be shocked. Please help."

AYW has received nine incident reports associated with the jackhammering since July 29th.  One nearby resident states the jackhammering is located in an area where traffic has already been permanently removed.  Other recent complaints have been related to jackhammering and demolition work in the railyard Saturday, August 13th and Saturday, September 10th.  

ESDC's construction alert from September 12, 2011, and a supplemental alert released at the same time, detail night time and weekend work hours throughout the project footprint, with the hours extended further into the night and weekends.  Here is a breakdown:

 

LIRR/VANDERBILT RAILYARD/CARLTON AVENUE BRIDGE:  

  • As of May 2nd construction work hours have been 6:30 am to 4:30pm.
  • As of May 7th, construction work has taken place during the hours of 7 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday.
  • Starting this Sunday, work will take place from 8 am to 4:30 pm "for a period of at least three months."  (Many notices of ongoing extended work hours have been initiated with a similar three month time frame as a start).

 

ARENA

  • Saturday work will continue during this period, (no time-frame is given in the construction alert).
  • "Subject to the receipt of permits" on Monday through Friday a second shift from 3 to 11 pm and a third shift from 11 pm to 7 am.  (This work has been ongoing for some time).
  • Hunt has been given permission to do deliveries from 6 am to 7 am to the arena site from the dispatch center at Pacific Street and Carlton Avenues through the construction period of the arena, (but reviewed on a weekly basis).

 

BLOCK 1129

  • Block 1129 contains construction staging for contractors working throughout the footprint.  If those contractors are working late night or weekends, they are also moving to and from their construction staging area as well as moving supplies and equipment.

 

OFF SITE-MITIGATION WORK

  • Work to install the Sam Schwartz traffic mitigations has been scheduled at night and concluded at 6 am so that traffic can be restored to the area by rush hour.  (One nearby resident states the jackhammering at Atlantic and Flatbush is located in an area where traffic has already been permanently removed).

 

NYC TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS

  • Work may take at place at night in roadways in order to restore traffic by 6 am.
  • Work will take place inside the footprint September 3rd and September 10th.

 

Note:  Atlantic Avenue water main installation, while not considered technically to be AY work by oversight, may take place at night in the vicinity.  The current area of work is Atlantic from Vanderbilt to Carlton Avenues lining the north perimeter of the project.  Utility work, for example the installation of the fiber optic cables that will apparently encircle the arena, often takes place on weekends when it involves roadways and/or sidewalks.  It is not included in the construction alerts.