July 26, 2013 By Christian Murray
Many Sunnyside Gardens residents are sick of hearing constant drilling and construction noise stemming from the MTA’s East Side Access Project–a project that will connect LIRR trains to the Grand Central Terminal when completed.
Tomorrow, several of these residents will be joining Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer for a press conference to demand that the MTA lower the noise during construction.
“Residents of Sunnyside are suffering from on-going and deafening noise pollution,” according to a statement issued by Van Bramer. The residents–many who live near Barnett Avenue– are also claiming that the industrial drilling associated with the East Side Access Project is causing structural damage to their houses.
The press conference has been scheduled to take place at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 27, at the intersection of 45th Street and Barnett Avenue.
During the press conference attendees will be able to experience the noise levels for themselves.
According to the MTA, the noise produced at the site complies with New York City guidelines for construction. However, Van Bramer claims that a recent noise report he received identified several instances (just last week) when noise levels exceeded 100 decibels–well over the approved guidelines.