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Residents in a Mt. Vernon neighborhood are fed up over noisy construction

Utility company behind project says its replacing transmission pipe of gas system

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Long and noisy construction in Mount Vernon has neighbors frustrated, and they say they don't see an end in sight.

Every time resident Jacqueline Brathwaite tries to enjoy her reading in peace on her front porch, it is disrupted by the blaring sounds of construction trucks driving by her home. The construction has been going on since May.

"It’s been very inconvenient in terms of getting in and out of our neighborhood," Brathwaite says.

Orange cones and port-a-potties have dotted the streets in the neighborhood, specifically on Esplanade where the majority of the work is taking place.

ConEd, the energy company behind the project says the project involves replacing a stretch of transmission pipe from the Bronx border up to White Plains. They are replacing a 24-inch steel main with a 36-inch plastic main, the purpose being an increased reliability to the gas system. But neighbors just want it to be done.

"There are times when you have to go up the street the wrong day and move the gates and put the gates back and so it's been kind of rough." Brathwaite says.

According to the ConEd spokesperson, the project is expected to be completed by the end of September, and that means a full summer of construction for this neighborhood.

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