I grew up in New York City's East Village. Every year it seemed, they would ritualistically rip open the avenue(s) and patch them up again. I hated it. But I knew the sounds well. For the past few weeks there's been gobs of noisy construction inside and outside my building complex.
Depeche Mode is one of my favorite bands, and one of my very favorite albums of their's is Construction Time Again.
Here's a very cool documentary on the making of that album. Enjoy!