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Noisy neighborhood overnight construction will soon be over

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Noise is also keeping some neighbors in another Richmond neighborhood awake at night. But it's not a club, it's the sound of progress.

Overnight road work and bright lights on German School Road, north of Midlothian Turnpike, have prompted several people to complain.

The construction was to solve the flooding problem along German School Road whenever it would rain. Now, a VDOT spokesperson tells NBC12 all of the heavy equipment will only be used during the daytime now after some of these residents complained to the city.

Ask any neighbor living on the stretch of German School Road and they'll tell you the construction here is noisy.

"It's been like living in a war zone," said neighbor, Frank Berry.

"We hear jackhammers," said neighbor, Sheldon Ballatt. "We actually hear the actual lights actually being on, and them of course there's a lot of traffic."

Neighbors have noticed it at all hours of the day and then when it's time for bed.

"If you can see those bright lights right there," said Ballatt. "They have them folded down now but usually they're shining right in my daughter's light in her window, right here."

The construction used to take place two times a day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., then again overnight from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. But after hearing complaints from these neighbors VDOT has changed the time from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The neighbors we spoke with are all happy.

"That feels very good. Very good," said Berry.

"That actually makes me feel a lot better because it does afford me the opportunity to where my daughter can sleep a lot better, and I don't have to see those bright lights shining in my house," said Ballatt.

Once it's officially completed, German School Road will avoid all the flooding that normally occurs when it rains. Residents are just thankful to have both problems fixed soon.

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