The New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program is offering eligible private homeowners in Rockland and Westchester Counties up to $30,000 each to install new sound-reducing windows and doors.
Fifty-seven homes in Tarrytown, South Nyack and Grand View-on-Hudson that will experience temporary construction noise in excess of the federal daytime interior noise standard of 51 decibels (dBA) were determined to be eligible for this program. For reference, 50 dBA is the typical exterior noise level in a quiet urban neighborhood, while 40dBA is common in a public library and 70 dBA is common along a busy highway.
Project noise levels that exceed 51 dBA inside homes are generally associated with the installation of piles for the project, an activity that is limited to a maximum construction window of 7 am to 7 pm Mondays through Fridays and 12noon to 7 pm on Saturdays. No pile driving is allowed on Sundays. Additional measures are already in place to mitigate construction noise levels, including the use of vibratory pile drivers, sound dampening shrouds for impact pile hammers, temporary sound barriers, and other techniques.
“This is all part of our ongoing good neighbor policy,” said Tappan Zee Constructors’ (TZC) Community Outreach Manager Carla Julian, “We have been working with residents to minimize the impacts of construction noise on their daily lives as much as possible.”
This latest offer from the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program is in addition to the more than $4 million TZC is paying to three local residential complexes in S. Nyack and Tarrytown to install noise reducing windows and doors. The Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors are not legally required to take this action, but have chosen to go above and beyond the legal requirements.
“The homes included in this program are those nearest to the noisiest construction operations,” said Brian Conybeare, special advisor to the Governor for the New NY Bridge Project. “This is another way the Thruway Authority and TZC are demonstrating our commitment to listening to residents’ concerns and collaborating with them to find practical solutions throughout the project.”
The New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program is a $20 million fund – a collaboration of the Thruway Authority and TZC – is dedicated to assisting the community through the transition process to a new bridge.
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