Is Road Construction Damaging A Home?

April 20, 2011 Updated Apr 20, 2011 at 6:59 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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April 20, 2011 Updated Apr 20, 2011 at 6:59 PM EDT

Town of Evans, N.Y. (WKBW) -- With the road construction season under way in western New York...lots of heavy equipment is digging into some major projects. In the southtowns...one resident says that construction work has damaged his home.

"It's like a bomb going off. The whole house shook and I knew we had a serious problem," that's how Bryon Ball describes what has been happening outside his house. Ball and his 87 year old father live less than 100 feet from a bridge rehabilitation project. The 10.6 million dollar contract repairs the Route Five bridge over 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Evans.

"It's causing extensive damage to my home and foundation. Had meetings with the DOT engineer in charge and the project manager from Pike 9am Monday. Took them on a walk through of my house to show them the damage to the foundation. They were in my basement...walked around the house and seen the obvious damage," Ball said.

The project involves jackhammering and the removal of large pieces of concrete. "This big piece of equipment right here, which is picking up the pieces of the bridge, which are about this thick...14 by 12 feet wide...and they don't have the right end of that equipment going because it's dropping..they've fallen numerous times," Ball added.

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) says that the contractor is modifying some of his work methods to lessen vibration. Currently, work is moving away from the Ball home and toward the other end of the bridge. An engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation tells Eyewitness News that because parts of the basement walls are covered... Their investigation into the cause of the damage is inconclusive at this point. The investigation is continuing and all state DOT contractors are required to have insurance to cover the cost of any damage cause by a construction project.