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Neighbors fed up with construction noise in Ahwatukee

Posted at 11:58 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 02:59:53-04

AHWATUKEE, AZ — "Explosions" "earthquakes" and "bombs," it's what some Ahwatukee neighbors think of when they hear blasts go off right outside their homes.

The real reason: construction on a new housing project off Desert Foothills and Chandler Boulevard.

“They don’t tell you when, where, like it’ll be a Tuesday, Thursday, could be a Friday, you never know when," said Nigel Williams.

The blasts happen without warning according to several neighbors, and rattles their homes. Some even worry large cracks they're now noticing on their outside walls are growing because of them.

“I just wish they would be a little more considerate," said Lee Burton, inside his home of 25 years. "We've got to live with this for another year or two years while they build the development, and it’s probably going to get worse.”

Homeowners say they just finished dealing with consistent blasting for the new Loop 202 expansion, but the difference between the two, the state would sound an alarm before each blast, warning residents about the noise expected within minutes.

The developers of the new community told Ahwatukee Foothills the blasts are within city noise limits and they always have a fire marshal on scene when conducting the blasts.

Neighbors like Burton though weighing his options, saying he may consider moving if the blasts continue.

“We put up with the freeway for about a year and a half," added Burton. "Two years when the freeway started, and now we’re going to put up with this for another two years? It's like four years of noise.”