Neighbors in Henrico's west end are demanding answers after hearing loud "booms" and racket overnight. The ruckus is from a major gas line replacement project along Pemberton Road, between Broad Street and Three Chopt Road.
Some residents were infuriated over the construction still going on at 2 a.m. Monday night. Floods of calls bombarded Henrico County and Richmond City officials.
"Jackhammer...just steady jackhammer on the road, out in front of the neighborhood," described father-of-two J.R. Omohundro, who lives in the Aspen Grove community, of the noise.
Omohundro captured cell phone video of a gas line break near his home back in December.
"You could hear the gas like thumping out of the hole (in the road," said Omohundro.
Neighbors like Omohundro agree the area is notorious for gas line problems, and that the old pipes need to be replaced. However, Omohundro says he's not tolerating loud, major construction while his babies are trying to sleep.
"We need our sleep, just like you do," said Omohundro to an official over the phone. "I said, ‘What if the tables were turned, and you're trying to get your rest, and you got to get up and go to work the next day?'"
Richmond city officials, who are in charge of the work, responded to the complaints. Construction will now happen during the day, scheduled for the next couple of weeks.
The streets are spray-painted with markings, and residents are being warned with door-hangers outlining the project.
"I did hear a lot of jack-hammering and drilling. I felt like I was at the dentist," said neighbor Brooks McNamara.
Neighbors tell us some of their homes are already marked for new lines. Gas line replacement during the day means likely delays in the.
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