Wynnewood, Pa.- A promising long-term solution to keep heavy traffic from destroying a local road may be doing other damage.
Now, some homeowners are furious and want the state of Pennsylvania to act.
Shaking houses, cracking walls, shifting doorways, and homeowners say this isn't normal wear and tear.
It’s what happens when traffic rumbles by on busy City Line Avenue near St. Joe's university, and they say it all started when PennDOT installed two concrete pads.
“When heavy trucks and/or buses go over the bus pad they actually move because they're not anchored to the asphalt and the movements of the bus pads creates vibrations through all the homes in the neighborhood along Route 1,” Joe Serafino said.
The pads, about the size of a city bus, were meant as bus waiting zones at the bus stops because concrete holds up better to the buses' weight in the summer heat than asphalt.
“Two months after they installed the bus pads SEPTA removed all the bus stops along this road, so they were put in at my understanding $60,000 apiece and were of no use a couple of months later,” Serafino said.
Serafino has lived at the corner of City Line Avenue and Allandale Road for almost 9 years.
Immediately, after PennDOT put the bus pads in Serafino complained.
So, PennDOT quickly removed the bus pad 'directly in front of' Serafino's house.
The one across the street stayed, and Serafino says over the years, his house has paid the price
John Massengale lives on Meredith Lane right behind Serafino.
He also says there’s damage.
PennDOT says instead of repaving the road every few years they were looking at a more permanent and cost effective solution. The pads are designed to last for 20 years
“We thought they worked fairly well both PennDot and the city,” said Les Toaso.
Les Toaso is the district executive for PennDOT he says the bus pads have proved effective and isn't sure they are causing the homeowners' problems.
“Anybody that lives next to a busy road with a lot of truck traffic, bus traffic. They’re gonna feel something,” he said.
In fact, Toaso says PennDOT went out to Serafino's house
“People actually went in his house for about 45 minutes to an hour when there was traffic but they didn't feel any heavy vibrations at all,” Toaso said.
But Serafino argues the vibrations are almost unbearable and he has proof.
“I’ve had an engineering report and a construction estimate which is in about the $20,000 range,” Serafino said.
Serafino says he wants the buspad removed, the road repaved and penndot should pay for his damages
Massengale wants the same he says his damage has a $25,000 price tag.
“I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, I'm used to tremors and earthquakes there are times when I feel tremors and I’m like am I back in LA?” Massengale said.
PennDOT tells Fox 29 construction will start in mid-May on a $2.8 million project to repair and resurface nearly 5 miles of City Line Avenue as part of the improvement project.
PennDOT will remove the bus pad across the street from Serafino’s house.