24-hour work to move LIRR operations from the southern to the northern half of Vanderbilt Railyards (referred to as the "cutover" in ESDC's Atlantic Yards construction alerts) is causing consternation among residents. AYW has received several complaints about jackhammers, saws, and the persistent beeping of reversing construction vehicles. One resident describes "jackhammering, tons of noise."
The video to the right is a of a worker using a saw on LIRR's tracks at 2 AM. The filer of the incident report that includes the video has a decibel meter and reports a 120 db level. No steps to attenuate the noise are visible in the video.
The use of noisy equipment like saws and jackhammers is not specified in the most recent construction alert. The alert warns the community about the intermittent use of the LIRR railyard's lights all night, and that from 3:30 PM to 1:00 PM "loud banging noises by dump trucks will occur as they empty their loads of stone in the east yard between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues." But it does not describe jackhammering or the use of saws, and the noisy work described ends at 1:00 AM, not the later hours that the incident reports from nearby residents describe.
The alert describes the cutover as taking place over the course of two weekends in the middle of June. The alert states that the bulk of the work will occur on one weekend, but that there would also be follow-up work the following weekend. Lights may intermittently be turned on all night through the end of June.
The cutover is taking place in order to faciliate the reconstruction of the Carlton Avenue Bridge, which has fallen behind schedule. The cutover itself was originally described to the community as taking place by the end of May. ESDC and FCRC have claimed that frequent late night work on the railyard is necessary to complete the bridge on time for the opening of the arena in late September. The Carlton Avenue Bridge was demolished by FCRC in January of 2008. The site sat dormant until FCRC began reconstruction in late 2010. In December 2010, FCRC executive Bruce Bender was taped by the FBI requesting additional public funding from former State Senator Karl Kruger for the bridge's reconstruction.