Overnight Construction Fuels Noise Complaints in Milpitas

By George Kiriyama
|  Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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Neighbors near the Great Mall in Milpitas are finding that business is apparently more important than community when it comes to construction. George Kiriyama reports.

Neighbors near the Great Mall in Milpitas are finding that business is apparently more important than community when it comes to construction. George Kiriyama reports.

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Even the pane windows and walls could not block out the sound coming from the outside.

Beep. Beep. Beep. Bam! Bam!

The clanking of metal coming from the construction of a VTA line for BART connecting Fremont to San Jose has become a nightmare for the Camhi family in Milpitas. The sound is so bad, they say they can't even sleep.

"And also the truck noise. Engine noise. The air brakes of the trucks. The psssss sound. It's very loud," Jaime Camhi said on Monday while sitting in his townhome living room.

The VTA contractor building the line received a permit to work at night during this phase of the construction. The Camhi townhome is right down the street from the line. Camhih says the noise begins at 10:30 p.m. on a regular basis. And that prevents his 2-year old son from sleeping.
 
"And it was a parade of trucks outside with a lot of well you can imagine...15 to 20 trucks were running with the brakes and everything and the construction equipment you can hear," Camhi said.

The city of Milpitas confirmed it received complaints this past weekend when the night construction began. It has notified VTA to do something about this.
 
"They indicated that they are working away from the residential areas, but if the residents are still impacted tonight and they call in to our police department and notify them that it's still continuing then we will cease all work," said Jeff Moneda, Milpitas Public Works Director.

"What if people get fed up and don't complain any more because why complain nothing happens?" Camhi asked. "If no one complains how long is this going to go for?"

The city says there are pros and cons to working at night. Do work during the night, people may lose sleep. Do work during the day, the traffic especially on nearby Montague Expressway will turn into gridlock.
 
"We all want to get home and see our family and I understand that," Camhi said. "But, I don't think anybody would be okay with trading their sleep time to profit from their commute time."
 

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