Noisy trucks |

Noisy trucks

I’ve heard something recently that I hadn’t heard for several months. It is the sound of quiet.

As a Boy Scout, I am to address a community problem in a letter. I’m writing to complain about noise pollution. We live along Colfax Highway by Empire Mine. In spring and summer, more trucks use the highway. The everyday road traffic is tolerable, but the truck noise during the summer is too much. Trucks go by about every five minutes beginning before 7 a.m. on weekdays, most using their engine brakes and causing large amounts of noise. You can hear them coming and going for a long distance.

We often close our windows, it’s so noisy. Houses closer to the road probably never open their windows because of noise. A sign at the Grass Valley city limit says it’s against the law to use engine brakes, but many trucks still use them past there. It is steep and curvy along this piece of road, but could truck drivers please be courteous and begin slowing down earlier so engine brakes aren’t necessary? The quiet is nice for now, and we can leave the windows open – until the trucks start again next spring.

Andrew Quadro

Grass Valley

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