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What's Bugging You? Trucks in neighborhoods

Residents in a Carson neighborhood say their quiet streets have become a noisy nightmare. That's what's bugging them.

January 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It looks like a quiet street in a well-kept neighborhood. But residents in a Carson neighborhood say their quiet streets have become a noisy nightmare with truck traffic 24 hours a day.

The neighborhood is at the corner of Main and Victoria streets.

"All of this started about a year ago when I noticed the city had posted the truck route signs up and we started having all this continuous truck and vibrations," said resident Deborah Mason.

The neighborhood is surrounded by the 405, the 110 and the 91 freeways. The city says the area has always had truck traffic, but residents claim truck route signs were not there before.

Mason says the rumbling is making the walls in her home crack.

"If we repair, it happens over and over," Mason said. "We have neighbors that have been filling the cracks and getting new cracks."

Herman Haverly says he can't sleep.

We did an unscientific test in his backyard and found the noise level jumps to about 86 decibels when a truck goes by. Experts say at 90 decibels, prolonged exposure could result in hearing loss.

Haverly says it wasn't like this when he moved in.

"I just want it to stop," Haverly said. "I just want to live the rest of my life."

At a recent meeting, the City Planning Commission listened to residents who want things to change and to businesses who want things to stay as they are.

"You have places where residential butts up against industrial. That's just the way it's been developed," said Todd Burnight of Carson Companies.

The city decided to keep things the way they are.

Mason says she's angry and upset, but plans to fight.

Mason said she's getting together with neighbors to sue the city to get some peace and quiet in their neighborhood.