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Noise Walls on Turnpike Coming?

State Rep. Mike Dovilla gets commitment from ODOT to erect sound barriers in Strongsville, nearby

 

State Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-7, said noise walls on the Ohio Turnpike are a step closer to reality.

Dovilla said he received a commitment from the Ohio Department of Transportation that mitigating turnpike noise will be one of the first projects undertaken if the state’s toll road issues new bonds.

Strongsville officials have for years sought relief from traffic noise for residents who live along the turnpike.

Dovilla asked ODOT Director Jerry Wray and Ohio Turnpike Commission Executive Director Rick Hodges about using money from the sale of turnpike bonds for noise mitigation during a committee meeting.

He got the answer he was looking for.

“I was pleased that Director Wray, in response to my questions on noise mitigation, stated he envisions, ‘one of the first things that we will do, right across the Turnpike, is we will have a program to address those issues,’” Dovilla said in a news release.

Traffic noise has been an issue ever since the turnpike added a third lane nearly two decades ago, but the cost of erecting sound barriers -- about $1 million a mile -- has been prohibitive.

Officials from Strongsville, Berea, Olmsted Falls and North Royalton formed a civic action group called Working Together to Make A Difference several years ago to address noise issues along the turnpike.

A pilot project tested two types of sound barriers in Berea and North Royalton. 

But new money may be available for road projects soon. Gov. John Kasich wants the turnpike to issue up to $1 billion in bonds by next fall, and another $500 million four years later.

Officials believe they could leverage the bonds with federal and local money to raise $3 billion. 

Last year, new safety/sound barriers were constructed on the westbound lanes of the turnpike between Ridge and York Roads in North Royalton. Similar walls are slated to go up this year on the eastbound lanes.

Dovilla has been a vocal proponent of sound barriers.

"Several neighborhoods throughout the . . . district are subjected to constant noise and vibration after the construction of two additional lanes with no consideration of noise barriers,” he said last year. “This not only impacts the quality of life for residents who have lived here for decades, but also has the potential to decrease property values.”

Dave M February 13, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Funny thing about train tracks, no matter how long they've been there, you can run as many trains on them whenever you want. If you don't live on the west side you wouldn't know that there is a train coming through about every 1/2 hour all night. They cross 5 intersections blasting the horns 3 times at each. I'm happy for you that you don't live near it but don't tell me I'm not hearing it.
tom m February 13, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Dave .....if you do not like the sound of train tracks .......why did you buy a house close to them .... north royalton .....no train tracks, broadview hts..... no train tracks, brecksville...........no train tracks seven hills.......... no train tracks so you pick a house near train tracks and then want noise abatement because YOU dont like the noise
AJK February 13, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Wow Strongsville SOUNDS like a great place to live!!!
Carmen February 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM
The One thing I can say that will be good about the walls is on a rare accasion a trucker will loose a wheel and somteimes they end up in someone back yard thankfully nobody has been hurt yet. The fact that people moved their knowing the highway is in the back yard makes me wonder why you feel you need noise abatment. Pay for it and I would say great go for it.......
Dave M February 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Well Tom, just because you live near tracks doesn't mean you signed on for them to crank up unlimited train traffic all night long. Just like when you live near a street or highway that they suddenly allow heavy trucks through and let them use their engine brakes. This is why Olmsted Falls, Berea, etc. established train quiet zones after traffic cranked up. Also, if you didn't notice, Brecksville , Broadview Hts. and Seven Hills all have noise walls built along 77 so I guess they had some concerns there, too.

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