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March 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle noise rules

A win-win: fixing potholes and prohibiting costly nighttime construction

What on Earth was the Seattle City Council thinking this time around [“Seattle council votes to soften noise rules,” Local News, March 3]?

I pity the poor residents who will shortly begin to feel the effects of this senseless decision, which will virtually permit construction noise 24/7.

Instead of pursuing “noise abatement,” the council is basically giving consent to round-the-clock and, apparently in perpetuity, totally unacceptable noise levels resulting from big construction projects.

Shame on each and every council member for their uncaring and thoughtless attitudes. The city council most likely also never looked at the budgetary side of this issue.

Every middle-school-age youngster knows today that the least expensive work is done during daytime hours, while swing shift and night work are at the very least 10 percent more costly.

If the council feels that they have this kind of money at its disposal, maybe it should spend it on filling the endless number of potholes in our roads, which wreck the vehicles of drivers commuting to and from the city, as well as from Puget Sound to Lake Washington.

This would be a win-win solution. The neighbors in the areas where construction is going to happen would get their well-deserved nighttime rest, and all of us could drive more safely on better-maintained roadways.

— Ruth Quiban, Seattle

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