Sleepy Hollow Road project very disruptive

Published May 28, 2014 at 5:19 am (Updated May 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm)

Rockets red glare. Bombs bursting in air.

Here on Sleepy Hollow Road, there are no “rockets red glare,” but there sure are “bombs bursting” every second of every day for almost a month.

The Mt. Lebanon “road crew” is installing catch basins on our street. Something you must know up front – Sleepy Hollow is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the area, spanning Castle Shannon, Mt. Lebanon and Dormont. Thousands of cars go through this road daily. The speed limit is 25 MPH, but it is hardly ever enforced, and speeding is a big problem.

So, wouldn’t you think that if a big road project was going to be done, the powers-that-be would just shut the road down and detour traffic? But, that is just too simple for these Mensa administrators in Mt. Lebanon.

Many people, including me, called Public Works, the Mt. Lebanon Police and Senator Matt Smith’s office to complain about the noise. We complained to the work crew, too. It is one thing to have to put up with the noise all day, but not all night. You cannot place metal sheets across a cement road and expect quiet.

Secondly, I believe it is a state law that drivers must reduce speed to 15 MPH at a work site. But no signs were posted, and no police were present at rush hour for the whole time the work was being done. And the machinery left overnight and on this road during the day was a safety hazard.

When I talked with all of the above, they were in a quandary as to how to help. Of course, I had the answer: SHUT THE ROAD DOWN! But, they were not interested. The question I have, is – why weren’t they interested in helping their residents get a good night’s sleep? Don’t you have the same question?

And so, we residents are still singing the local anthem of Mt. Lebanon – bombs bursting in air.

D. L. McMahon

Mt. Lebanon

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