The rainy days have slowed down the noise monitoring considerably. I had plans to visit the Fenway area but as I headed out, it started raining—out of nowhere. While I consider myself to pretty adaptable, biking in the rain is something I haven’t gotten my head around. It just makes me feel—uncomfortable.
But I like the rain, it gave me an excuse to get some indoor work done—like coding site information and calibrating field instruments. I ended up going through site photos and ran across this one I took last week. I was in Mission Hill doing some late morning monitoring in the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park. Seriously, it is one of the best parks in the city. It rests high above the city, has great landscaping and excellent views. It happens to be pretty loud, too—especially for a green space. Directly in front is the Longwood Medical Area, which has quite a bit of ambulance and helicopter traffic. To the right is the city, which carries with it that typical soundtrack of faint car horns and distant construction noise. To the left and behind the park are residences. However, there happened to be super loud road construction going on and that noise drowned out everything else.
I can’t say enough about how loud construction noise is. Been to the Fenway area recently and experienced that incredible noise that happens when they pound into the ground? I don’t understand how ANYBODY that lives in the apartment complex next to the site gets any peace. It’s insane. It also clocks in at close to 100 dB(A). At 7 am? Really?
Anyway, Mission Hill road construction—a cacophony of beeping trucks, jackhammers, machinery, men yelling over the noise. Approximately 50 feet from the madness it is 85 dB(A). In the park, it’s 70 dB(A). Too much, according to the WHO—much too much.