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Lubbock residents bothered by late night construction

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock is becoming a bigger city, and residents are being forced to endure the growing pains. Construction headaches prompted one Lubbock resident to send KCBD a video he shot Thursday just before midnight of construction crews working right outside his southwest Lubbock home.

From 98th Street to 114th, the City of Lubbock is expanding Frankford Avenue. The resident who sent the video lives at the corner of 109th and Frankford, and he wanted to know why the crews were keeping him up late at night.

"Just a moment ago, I had lights shining through my window," he said. "I find it interesting that these guys can somehow work this late in a residential neighborhood on a Thursday. They have no concern for the people who have to go to work tomorrow."

We went to the city to find answers. "We try not to do that unless it's absolutely necessary," Neil Welch, Lubbock projects engineer said. Welch says since the project started May 1st they've had to do five overnight concrete pours. He blames the west Texas weather.

"A breeze like a 15 to 20 mile per hour wind, combined with the heat at 95 degrees … the concrete won't cure out. It will dry out on the surface and it will have what's called surface cracking," Welch said.

When that happens, Welch says they have to tear up the concrete and steel beams and start all over in that section. This could cause the project to last up to 50% longer, and it will cost the city more money.

"That's why we allow them to pour through the night. I have my inspectors and contractors go around and knock on doors and deliver flyers to the immediate adjacent housing because it does disrupt your sleep," he said. "We try not to do that unless it's just absolutely necessary, especially during the week."

Welch doesn't deny these massive machines can pester people nearby, but he says they try to take extra measures to limit the noise as they pave. "The loudest thing about these pours is the backup alarms, the beeping you hear when truck backs up. In our contract we require them to turn them off after they get onto location so you don't hear that at night," Welch said. "We try to keep it down and try not to disturb anybody that we don't have to. Sometimes it's unfortunate, but luckily it's not an every day every night deal."

Welch says they don't like their construction crews to work past midnight on Fridays or Saturdays because the risk factor goes up with the possibility of drunk drivers on the weekends.

He says this specific project is only halfway complete and more overnight pours could occur, but he says they can work more through the day as temperatures start drop during the Fall.

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