GDOT Discussing Noise Barriers for I-16

5:51 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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The Georgia Department of Transportation will be holding a meeting with residents of the Shirley Hills and North Highlands neighborhoods to discussing installing noise barriers along I-16.

The move comes amid construction plans for improving the I-16/75 interchange.

GDOT is proposing a wall along I-16 stretching from the Ocmulgee River to Spring Street.

Glenridge Drive is in the Shirley Hills neighborhood immediately behind the interstate, and some residents can even see the highway from their backyards.

"When my husband and I work in the garden, we have to wear earplugs in ears it's so noisy," says Wylene Bennett.

Janda Humphries has lived in the neighborhood for three years, and says several of her neighbors have moved out after a few months because of the noise.

Macon City Councilmember Rick Hutto says GDOT's original construction plan for I-16 would have been even more invasive, and says while the barriers may help, he wants to learn more about their plan, including how much sound they'll block.

"We know we're going to hear it," Hutto says. "But what you need to do is minimize it, show us how you can help us not be so terribly disturbed."

GDOT says they'll offer residents a few designs for the new walls, including a stone finish, cherry blossoms, or music notes.

The meeting will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Highland Hills Baptist Church located at 1370 Briarcliff Road.

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