This week, my family and I have been kept awake at night by a road construction project directly in front of our house on Blue Ridge Boulevard. The first night, the road crew did not even start working on the project until 10 p.m. and another night they began at 9:30 p.m. Grinding, cutting, tearing up asphalt – not a quiet job by any means!

To the editor:

This week, my family and I have been kept awake at night by a road construction project directly in front of our house on Blue Ridge Boulevard. The first night, the road crew did not even start working on the project until 10 p.m. and another night they began at 9:30 p.m. Grinding, cutting, tearing up asphalt – not a quiet job by any means!

Now, I understand that MoDOT road crews work at night to avoid disrupting traffic and make it safer for the workers, especially on the interstate projects and major highway jobs. But in a residential neighborhood? Blue Ridge Boulevard is a main thoroughfare, a snow route in fact, but we’re not talking I-70 here. There is not constant nonstop traffic in either direction all day long.

My wife, who happens to be a stay-at-home mom, has mentioned how quiet the road is during “normal business hours” while most people are at work. Why not work on the road then? Besides, a detour to U.S. 40 or even east to Crysler wouldn’t take a whole lot of extra legwork.

I don’t feel any citizen should have to put up with this type of thing. It’s inconsiderate to anyone trying to sleep, especially young kids who have to go to school the next day.