Residents argue over proposed uptown noise walls

Residents argue over proposed uptown noise walls

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 6:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- City and NC Department of Transportation officials answered questions and concerns from people living along I-277 and I-77 Wednesday night about proposed sound barrier walls.  

The walls would be added to help quiet the sound of traffic, especially after the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes are added to widen the interstate. According to NCDOT, the walls will reduce noise levels by around five decibels. 

District 2 Council Al Austin said that was hardly enough to warrant the 25 foot walls.

"Five decibels is not going to make that much of a difference. Having these walls along 277 is not going to add to the aesthetics of our city," complained Austin. 

Fourth Ward residents at the meeting were concerned with how the walls would impact the city skyline.

"Visually this is an eyesore," said Michael Quill.

Other residents were concerned about safety and noise.

"It's better than what we have," said Eleanor Ervin,"you can hear the trucks driving by, you can hear when they backfire."

Fourth Ward residents must vote on the project by turning in a ballot.  If someone does not return their ballot, it will be counted as a yes vote. 

There will be another public meeting Tuesday, December 17th from 6-8 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. 

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