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After complaints, county reduces construction sirens
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Neighbors in one community are getting some relief from blaring construction sirens.
Clark County has reduced the duration of the sirens on Warm Springs Road near Interstate 215 after Action News got involved. The sirens warn tall trucks not to drive under the 215 overpass, where clearance is reduced for construction.
But neighbors said the alarm went off at all hours, leading to sleepless nights.
"If they want to come out and spend a couple days in my bed and listen to it, why then they can do it," said Judy Shoup, who can see one of the sirens from her backyard.
Last week, Action News visited county commissioner Steve Sisolak to see what could be done about the noise. Sisolak said he spoke with the public works department, who reduced the sirens from 20 seconds to five seconds.
"It's shorter, but you still get woke up, so from that standpoint it's not helped at all," Shoup said.
While neighbors said they appreciate the relief, they would still like to see the sirens silenced. But Sisolak said the devices are critical to safety, especially after seven tall vehicles failed to detour and smashed into a sacrificial beam - the last barrier before the overpass.
"This is the most effective method of warning drivers," Sisolak said, noting the county has already tried warning signs and lights.
The county commissioner said he understands the neighbors' concerns, but also wants to prevent vehicles from crashing into the overpass.
The county is researching a strobe light to possibly replace the sirens, but no decision has been made.