Ashley HartSep 21, 2017, 10:33 am

Residents say downtown Chappaqua revitalization is causing noisy nights, traffic

$11.6M infrastructure project is expected to last 18 months

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The sounds of drilling and beeping, bright lights during the day and night — that's what Chappaqua residents are dealing with as the city moves to revitalize the downtown area.

The noise and sleepless nights are at the price of a $11.6-million, 18-month infrastructure project that includes construction work on water and sewer mains and sidewalk beautification. All this is taking place on South Greeley Avenue, the only street through the downtown area. Many in town sympathize.

"At night they come home, they want to sleep, and if construction is going on at night and causing a lot of noise, I understand the frustrations of the people around the area," says Chedie Perez of Newcastle.

The work is done at night so that during the day, it won't hinder local business owners as much. But residents say the project is a double problem for them during the day.

"Traffic, congestion and an inconvenience," says local resident Randal Edmonton.

"In the daytime, it's just worst. I've seen construction right over there next to Dunkin’ Donuts you know, and crossing the street was annoying, driving was annoying, passing there by was annoying," says Maricio Gomez.

Whether night or day, residents agree that the construction is an inconvenience, but one that some say is worth the hassle.

Night work is expected to go on for about six to seven months working from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

In response to the complaints, the town supervisor has released a statement that says the short-term sacrifice by residents will lead to long-term benefits.

In addition, residents have been told that a public meeting will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 27, to discuss the project.

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