November 30, 2016 8:33 am
Updated: November 30, 2016 10:55 am

Quebec transport ministry offers unusual solution to deal with noise complaints on Turcot Interchange

Noise complaints took centre stage at a recent citizens' meeting on the Turcot Interchange. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

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The Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) gets more noise complaints about construction on the Turcot Interchange than on any other subject.

That’s why it has started a novel pilot project — changing the “beep” noise that construction vehicles make when they back up to more of a “whooshing” sound.

Since Turcot work continues at night, the noise is a constant issue.

Sarah Bensadoun, spokesperson for the MTQ, said vehicles were fitted with the new sound systems a month ago, as part of a pilot project.

She said:

“It makes more of a blank sound.”

The cost of retrofitting the new vehicles will fold into the project’s current budget of more than $1 billion. Officials unveiled the project at a citizens’ meeting in St-Henri.

Officials are still grappling with two other major Turcot complaints: dust from the work and traffic woes.

WATCH BELOW: Turcot Interchange complaints

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