Late-Night Construction Keeps Fort Smith Families Awake

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The state highway department is working to replace a Fort Smith bridge, but the constant construction has some nearby residents annoyed at the noise.

“At first, I thought it was someone who maybe had a stereo that was, like, thumping,” said Autumn Lee, who lives near the construction. “And then we came outside.”

Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department are working to reduce noise, but the best time to replace the bridge is at night because of traffic, said Joe Shipman with the highway department.

Lee isn’t the only area resident complaining. Nohemi Bautista said her family often wakes up around 3 a.m. to the sound of construction outside their home.

“It’s frustrating because I want to sleep, and I can’t,” Bautista said.

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