Construction phase

The construction phase is expected to take eighteen months, according to the developer.


Based on the long and difficult construction phase at the Lodge at Sonoma we can anticipate a similar experience unless we are proactive. Construction noise was addressed in the Draft EIR but recommended noise mitigation did not materialize and the Police Department didn't know what to do when called with complaints about construction activities taking place after 5 PM and on weekends.


Construction noise going on for a year and a half will fray nerves and lead to animosity even under the best of circumstances. It is important we succeed in getting the construction phase under control long before it starts.


Construction is more than noise--it's also dangerous to health.

The proposed downtown hotel conducted an EIR and it stated diesel particulates in the exhaust from the tractors on the construction sight will require a special filter to prevent a rise in incidences of cancer.


The term "construction noise" includes both noise and vibration and it can be predicted, measured, controlled, and managed just like any other type of noise.



The following document, "Managing Construction Noise," is a must read


It talks about all that can be done to mitigate noise, including quieter backup alarms--they don't have to beep

so loudly. They can be manually adjustable, ambient-sensitive, broadband alarms, or prohibited all together when providing an observer who directs the vehicles’ rearward motion.


Managing Construction Noise


Links to federal and state guidelines on construction noise


Managing Construction Noise is a rich document, providing much detail on ways to abate noise, but here are a few of the basics:


Noise generated during construction will exceed established significance thresholds at existing residences located to the West of the site, therefore, mitigation measures should be implemented. Among them are:


1. Noise generating construction activities should be limited to the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays


2. All internal combustion engine-driven equipment should be muffled


3. Stationary construction noise sources, such as concrete pumpers and air compressors should be located as far as possible from adjoining residences


4. A disturbance coordinator should be designated, whose phone number would be conspicuously posted on the site. The disturbance coordinator's responsibility would be to respond to and investigate complaints about construction noise and take the steps necessary to remedy the problem.


Further, construction activities such as demolition, excavation and grading operations, construction vehicle traffic, and wind blowing over exposed earth will generate exhaust emissions and fugitive particulate matter emissions that will affect local and regional air quality. 



Construction noise specification


We will need a well-written construction noise specification because it is essential to managing both the construction noise and the contractor in the field once work begins. It must be fair and balanced, meaning it allows for the necessary work to be performed while also protecting the public from unreasonably excessive noise.



Construction workers and parking


During construction of the Lodge, workers parked their cars all along Clay Street, causing residents close to the site to be surrounded and feeling boxed in. Workers often remained nearby after work, congregating next to residences and leaving trash, wet garbage, and empty bottles all over residential personal property and along the street. 


The curb on Clay, alongside the residence closest to the construction site, should be redlined to prevent this from happening again.

Clay Street during construction of the Lodge

Five myths of

construction noise

Environmental pollution 

at construction sites

Noise outrage during the 

construction process

Construction noise causes

extreme stress