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Old 07.08.2008, 12:07
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Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

It certainly surprised me to hear jack-hammering from roadworks going on late at night. That's around midnight, strangely enough. It's been going on off and on for a few weeks.

You'd have thought the Swiss would not stand for it.

If the Swiss residents don't put a stop to it, I thought we should just close the window, grin and bear it.

Just curious - does this happen in other parts of CH?

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Old 07.08.2008, 12:25
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

I've seen it happen on important roads, probably to not disturb the traffic. (Or somebody thinks that the residents can stomach the nightly noise because they're used to it from all the traffic ).

It also happens on bus and tram routes. The bus' contact wire had to be repaired in the neighborhood once, they did it after one in the morning. The light from the welding was more noticeable than the noise, though.


Edit: You can find information about roadworks in canton Zug here.
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Old 07.08.2008, 12:33
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

Same here in Wetzikon, they're building a roundabout on a very high-traffic crossroads. It's now in the stage where whatever they do, they can't divert traffic without major (10km+) detours. So they start after 11pm and stop around 5am.

It'll only be for a week or two.

Back in Zurich, when they have to do rail maintenance for the tramlines on neural points like Stauffacher of Bahnhofquai, they do it after midnight in order to avoid disruptions.

Small price to pay for the inconvenience methinks.
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

we have major rehauls on the train tracks, but they sent us 2 letters to warn about the noise with the expected dates, so at least we knew it was coming...
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we have major rehauls on the train tracks, but they sent us 2 letters to warn about the noise with the expected dates, so at least we knew it was coming...
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We had a new train stop made near where we live, and they worked from 10pm until 5am, and we also got a letter to warn us, but god the noise was load, thankgod it is now over
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Just curious - does this happen in other parts of CH?

Hi Argus,

Greetings from Lausanne - we've had our share of early morning jackhammering too, due to construction of the new subway. Surprised me too, since, with the exception of the occasional burst pipe, contractors are usually meticulous about respecting quiet hours. However, having seen the workers knee-deep in mud on rainy days, or verging on sunstroke during the heat wave we had in July, I sympathise. Any idea what's keeping your local work crews up at night?
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Hi Argus,

Greetings from Lausanne - we've had our share of early morning jackhammering too, due to construction of the new subway. Surprised me too, since, with the exception of the occasional burst pipe, contractors are usually meticulous about respecting quiet hours. However, having seen the workers knee-deep in mud on rainy days, or verging on sunstroke during the heat wave we had in July, I sympathise. Any idea what's keeping your local work crews up at night?

Ah, I do feel for work crews working in the afternoon sun, but between 6pm and 10pm should be OK; the after-work traffic gets in the way, I guess. Apparently they are laying or re-laying water pipes and such. My Deutsch is not good enough to fully understand the Zug Gemeinde website someone gave on this thread.

Thanks, all, for sharing your experiences. Now I understand better.
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

Last night the farmer was driving his tractor around the feilds behind my building around 11pm which kind of suprised me, considering how sensitive the Swiss are to noise....but then, when it comes to noise, church bells and farmers are immune in Switzerland ...not sure about road workers
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

They've been resurfacing the road outside my flat. They're suprisingly efficient, one night they came and scraped the road clean, next night it was resurfaced.

I didn't know they were there till I opened the windows, hoorah for double glazing.
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

I hear it every night in the distance. I like digging noise so I feel relaxed.
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Last night the farmer was driving his tractor around the feilds behind my building around 11pm which kind of suprised me, considering how sensitive the Swiss are to noise....but then, when it comes to noise, church bells and farmers are immune in Switzerland ...not sure about road workers
Probably just trying to get the hay in before the rain started again.
You can usually predict when they're about to do that by going to the Landi Weather Page. See those areas greyed (probability of more then 5mm precipitation in %) for Bern City?
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

We currently have our own share of noise, hammering and drilling now as there is currently work on the Glattalbahn in Glattbrugg so the work is onging into the early hours of the morning. The pile hammering is now a little bit bearable as we have become used to it, closing the windows helps to reduce the noise.
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Re: Anyone else experiencing roadworks going on till late?

We don't get late night roadworks, but our strasse is being dug up for the third time in one year. Again, more pipes are being laid. I don't understand why they can't all be done at the same time. I seem to recall the gas, electricity, water and cable companies being 'forced' to coordinate their activity in London to reduce the aggravation to residents.
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