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Sleepless nights on Glebe Road

William Langhorst, who works early morning hours for his job, woke up to jackhammers Sunday night. It will continue until Nov. 14.

Arlington County started a sewer project to add three manholes and replace a sanitary sewer line with a larger pipe on South Glebe Road between Old Glebe Road and Fifth Street South. Work on the three-week project will be done between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The new pipe will add capacity and stop any potential sewer backups into homes, said Michael Collins, Arlington's engineering bureau chief.

"It certainly isn't warranted to be doing this project overnight, making all that noise, just to make an adaptation to the sewer system," said Langhorst, who said he was not notified and threatened legal action if the county could not come up with a compromise.

Notifications were distributed within a quarter-mile of the project by hand, Collins said. The fliers were left with management for high-rise apartments and condominiums in the area, he said.

Due to the high volume of traffic all day, tight lane configuration, lack of left-turn lanes and extensive transit services on Glebe Road, Virginia Department of Transportation and county officials agreed to work at night, Collins said.

"We understand this kind of work is disruptive to the immediate community. We are trying to do everything we can to make it go as quickly as possible and as quietly as possible," Collins said.

-- Christie Goodman

By Christy Goodman  | October 29, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Construction, Northern Virginia  
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