Turcot construction noise keeping Saint-Henri residents up at night

Sound tests completed by monitoring stations set up by Quebec's Transport Ministry show construction work has gone over the acceptable levels more than once.

Noise levels often higher than norms established by Transport Quebec

The work on the Turcot Interchange isn't scheduled to be completed until 2020. (CBC)

Saint-Henri residents say they are fed up with the noise coming from the Turcot Interchange construction, especially overnight.

Sound tests completed by monitoring stations set up by Quebec's Transport Ministry show construction work has gone over the acceptable levels more than once.

Peter Krantz, who lives on St-Antoine Street next to Highway 720, says he's often kept up at night because of the noise.

"There's, you know, 200 to 300 residents sleeping in this area and there's this one tractor working all night long, disturbing all these people," he said.

"When you're sleeping and you have to listen to this back-up beeper, which was specifically designed to irritate the human body, it's very difficult to have a good night's sleep."

Peter Krantz says he's often kept up at night because of construction work going on near his home. (CBC)

A report by Montreal public health officials found noise levels at night are often higher than norms established by Transport Quebec and the World Health Organization.

"The studies tend to talk about annoyance and sleep disturbance, those are the health effects on a short term basis that we know about," said Karine Price, a toxicologist with the Direction régionale de santé publique.

Saint-Henri resident Mélanie Shawn Seney says it's not just the sound that bothers her.

"It's been lots of vibration. [The] vibration this summer was just like, 'huuuh,' it just shakes," she said.

"You wonder if there's an earthquake."

Ministry on tight schedule

Transport Quebec says it is doing what it can to alleviate the sound levels but it's dealing with a tight schedule that requires night work.

Spokesperson Sarah Bensadoun says building the new Highway 136 needs to be completed before the planned closure of 720 east in November.

She says the ministry is working with the company contracted to do the work, KPH Turcot, to comply with the thresholds and put in measures to mitigate the noise.

When it comes to work at night, Bensadoun says additional measures are taken, such as limiting particularly noisy work to the day and decreasing the speed of noisier trucks at work.