CU-Boulder construction

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The constant "beep beep beep" of construction trucks backing up and the sporadic "thunk thunk" made by excavators working at the University of Colorado have been keeping Margaret Ruskiewicz up at night lately.

Ruskiewicz, 34, lives in an apartment northeast of Folsom Field, where crews have been hard at work for the last few months on a $143 million project to upgrade athletic department facilities, including the stadium.

Lately, she said, crews have kept working well after midnight, sometimes as early as 3:30 a.m.

"It was a pleasure living here in this apartment, but definitely not anymore with the way CU is running this construction," said Ruskiewicz, a waitress who has taken classes on the Boulder campus.

The university acknowledged conducting work in the early morning hours on Thursday and Friday of this week, and said overnight work is expected to finish this morning.

Crews are installing utility lines near Stadium Drive, work that cannot be done during the day without "major disruptions to traffic flow" for the Dal Ward Athletic Center and the CU Recreation Center, said CU spokesman Ryan Huff.


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He said that though there are fewer students on campus during the summer, the university is busy hosting summer camps and other events near the affected area.

He said the university did not notify neighbors ahead of the overnight construction, but is working out a plan to alert nearby residents in the future. He said there are no future overnight projects on the schedule currently.

Margaret Ruskiewicz, a University of Colorado student, is upset with the constant noise coming from the new Folsom Field construction. She lives across
Margaret Ruskiewicz, a University of Colorado student, is upset with the constant noise coming from the new Folsom Field construction. She lives across Folsom Ave. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

"We realize that this project is having community noise impacts and we commit to keeping neighbors informed when we anticipate work outside of daylight hours," Huff said. "We will keep nighttime work to a minimum."

A spokeswoman for Mortenson Construction, the company completing the athletic facilities project, declined to comment for this story.

Boulder's noise ordinance does not apply if sound is made on property owned by another governmental body. Another ordinance that prohibits construction between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. applies only to residential zones.

Boulder police Sgt. Fred Gerhardt said he was not aware of any calls made reporting noise from the university construction.

If the department did hear from residents, their complaints would not "fall on deaf ears," and the police department would try to "come to a solution" with the university, he said.

Ruskiewicz, however, said she contacted everyone she could think of — Boulder police, campus police, the university's facilities management office and the state of Colorado offices — but the late-night construction has continued.

On Thursday evening, she took several photographs and a video of the work under huge lights after midnight.

Other nearby residents, including some living in CU's family housing on the north side of Boulder Creek, said it's been too loud most nights to leave their windows open. Some said that without the white noise of a fan or a loud air conditioner to drown out the sound, they wouldn't be able to sleep. Others said that often after they fall asleep, they're awakened by loud, startling noises coming from the site.

Matt Servold, 30, has lived near the stadium for four months, and said the late-night noise is affecting his ability to sleep.

Around 4 a.m., he has heard trucks backing up and dumping rocks, he said. He, too, called to report the noise.

"So all you hear is 'Beep beep . . . crash'" he said, mimicking the noises of the truck. "I know they're doing their job, but at the same time, be respectful of other peoples' hours."

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106 or kutas@dailycamera.com