ASPEN, Colo.—It’s definitely a real estate boom in Aspen once again. Elected officials recently approved rules that require noise coming from construction sites not exceed 65 decibels, unless special permission from city officials is secured.

    Previous limits capped noise levels at 80 decibels except in downtown areas, where it was 75. The Aspen Daily News reports that some local contractors question whether the 65-decibel threshold is realistic or enforceable.

    The rules go into detail about how noise from loud pieces of construction equipment can be mitigated. For example, sound barriers can be erected, or the quietest models of equipment can be used.

    One construction manager told the Daily News that dropping excavation materials into dump trucks or driving soil stabilizers into the ground cannot be kept below the noise cap.

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