Some members of The New York City Council are trying to stifle construction noise that’s too near city classrooms. A new bill seeks to limit noise levels at construction sites that are located with 75 feet of a school, whether public or private, to less than 45 decibels. Understandably, proponents of the bill want to ensure that students can learn and study without noise interference, however, members of the Building Trades Employer’ Association contest that requirement would be unrealistic and a major hindrance to necessary building projects.
“’The sound of jackhammers and cement trucks, the banging of rivets … is an undeniable impediment to learning,’ said Council member Mark Levine, a co-sponsor of the bill. Levine believes that while some parents are vocal about protecting their children’s schools from construction noise, the law is needed for the benefit of schools with less proactive parents. Donald Ranshte, senior vice president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, said the bill would threaten to end construction near schools. ‘The requirement is almost in all situations unachievable,’ he said.”