Pacific Beach Pipeline Noise Upsetting Neighbors

Neighbors say construction noise overnight needs to stop.

A multi-million dollar city project replacing aging water and sewer pipes has already hit a snag.

Construction began just a couple of weeks ago near Mission Hills; now residents say the construction noise is too much to handle.

Pam Elliott's apartment complex on the 3000 block of Kettner Boulevard looks a little bit different than when she moved in three weeks ago. A construction zone sits just steps from her bedroom window.

This may not be too big of a deal during the day when people are at work, but crews work all through the night.

Elliott told NBC 7 she was shocked after her first night in her new home.

"All these trucks backing up going beep, beep, beep! All of these jack hammers. I'm like what is going on?" she said.

The Pacific Beach Pipeline Project started at Kettner Boulevard and Walnut Avenue about three weeks ago. A flyer was left at nearby resident's doors giving them some warning about the noise.

The city was granted a permit to work in the overnight hours; so from 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, crews are working.

The overnight permit was granted by Code Compliance. The department decides the permit based on the least amount of impact on residents. For this location, daytime traffic delays from construction crews proved to be more of an impact than the overnight noise for about 10 nearby residents.  

"There's no businesses here now. Other than us. Not much traffic here at all," said mechanic Ray Chavez.

Chavez also said that his customers never have a problem parking, even with many parking spaces now taken up by equipment.

But for nearby residents like Elliot, she's just hoping she wakes up from this nightmare soon.

"I haven't slept since I lived here. Last night, I had to go to my friend's because I had to get some sleep," she said.

The project is expected to be completed in about three years, finally ending in Pacific Beach.

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