Communities must decide on noise barriers for HOT lanes

Communities must decide on noise barriers for HOT lanes

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 8:08 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C -- People who live in three different historic neighborhoods near the 277-85 interchange met with the Department of Transportation Thursday to discuss ways to control noise once additional lanes are added.

The 'High Occupancy Toll' lane project, which has been controversial, adds an extra lane to Interstate 77 and turns the current HOV lane into a HOT lane.

DOT says this will not only increase the traffic in the area, but significantly increase the amount of noise coming from the roadways.

The department has proposed installing concrete sound-barriers between the road and bordering neighborhoods, in 15 spots in Charlotte and about 25 along I-77NB to Mooresville.
The state requires residents to opt-out of the sound barrier project if they oppose it.

People who live in historic neighborhoods must also vote on a color and texture- from a list of options provided by the DOT- for the side of the wall facing their community to be painted.
 

Nearly everyone who attended the meeting Thursday said they could not make a proper decision on the appearance of the wall, because the options offered by DOT were not detailed or clear enough.

DOT is mailing out ballots Friday to historic neighborhoods that will border the project for initial approval of the walls.

It is delay the vote on appearance, as representatives work on finding better examples of the color and texture options to present to residents.

 

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