Cedar Park residents say construction noise is ruining quality of life

The noise of road construction near a Cedar Park neighborhood is hurting the quality of life for some residents. (CBS Austin)

The noise of road construction near a Cedar Park neighborhood is hurting the quality of life for some residents.

For some homes on Erica Kaitlin Lane in Cedar Park, their back door is only feet away from the Anderson Mill Road Reconstruction Project. Phase 1 of the project started in January of this year and is expected to be completed by April of next year.

Anderson Mill Road will be expanded to four lanes once construction is finished.

Brian Hall is one of the handful of residents on Erica Kaitlin Lane who hears construction noise and sees dust kicked up by trucks collecting on his patio furniture. “We can’t even enjoy our backyard the way it was intended to be enjoyed,” said Hall.

The traffic noise starts at 5:30 in the morning and sometimes runs constantly until after dark, said Hall.

“It’s unsettling to say the least,” he said. "I don’t even have the option of waking up when I want to wake up because I have to get up at 5:30, and that’s in addition to trying to raise a family. It definitely effects my psyche.”

The City disputes that claim.

While construction is allowed by ordinance to start at 7 a.m., the City has required the contractor to start no earlier than 8 a.m. because it is so close to homes. And while their construction is allowed until 6 p.m., the City says the contractor usually finishes each day at around 5 or 5:15 p.m. Any time the contractor has attempted to start construction outside of those hours, the City says its Construction Inspector has responded to the site and halted the construction.

Hall said the home next door is struggling to sell because potential buyers say the construction noise is a “deal breaker.”

Other residents who didn’t want to go on camera said they fear the property value of their home will start to decline, while others were concerned for their safety in their own backyard. Hall is one of them. He said he doesn’t let his children in the backyard out of fear a car could drive through a wooden fence and into his backyard.

At the end of the block, another homeowner showed cracks in her back patio foundation that she believes are from the jarring construction. She recorded a video of her plates shaking that she said was caused by passing trucks.

“We just want the city to do the right thing,” said Hall.

Cedar Park officials confirmed that part of the road expansion project will include a three-foot barricade near the road and an eight-foot fence along the back of the homes on Ericka Kaitlin - beyond what is required according to city officials:

“City of Cedar Park staff have been engaged in an ongoing conversation with the homeowners adjacent to the road and construction zone in an effort to address their concerns for privacy and safety. We understand and share our citizens’ concerns. As with all road projects the City’s first priority is to protect the public. We engaged qualified and experienced contractors, engineers and construction inspectors with proven safety records on City projects, and we continually monitor the well thought-out traffic control plan. We will continue to actively engage with our citizens to listen and understand their comments.”
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