Construction of a new water line to serve the Loudoun Commons office complex on East Market Street is proving to be a big inconvenience.
Last week, crews began working at night to install the line, which crosses under the street. The idea of the schedule was to avoid detours for daytime traffic. However, that didn’t set well with the residents of the Barrister Building, adjacent to the work area.
Building owner Jeff Mitchell said he took the extraordinary step of putting his tenants up in hotels so they could get a quiet night’s sleep. When he was notified that the work would likely take an extra week to complete, he urged the town to change course.
“Not making arrangements with residents in this building in advance, knowing the level of night construction work that is being done at night 5 yards from the building, is unacceptable. The construction activity at night makes it impossible for the residents to sleep,” Mitchell wrote to Public Works Director Renee LaFollette. “As the owner and landlord of 110 East Market St, I have made arrangements, at my cost, to let my resident tenants spend the night in a local hotel. I simply cannot let my resident tenants suffer through this night time construction and noise.”
Starting Tuesday, the town switched the project to daytime construction hours. The eastbound lane of East Market Street between Church and Harrison streets are expected to be closed to traffic between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Friday.