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Some residents who live around Lake Milton soon will be getting relief from the traffic noise.
The Ohio Department of Transportation during an open house on Tuesday explained to those living along Interstate 76 in Lake Milton about plans to build five noise walls there. It would be the first set of noise walls in Mahoning County.
The walls are planned for the north side of Grandview Road in Milton Township and both sides of River Road N.E. in Craig Beach.
ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic said a noise test was done after residents requested the walls several years ago and that test determined the walls were warranted. He said there are two criteria for installing the noise walls: A noise level higher than 66 decibels and a cost-per-unit, which means a certain number of houses will benefit from the project.
Chesnic said he did not know the exact number of homes that will benefit from the project, but he estimates there are between 60 and 75 houses near the interstate.
One resident that will not benefit is Richard Schrop, whose house sits right next to the interstate on the south side of Grandview Road. He said ODOT officials told him and his only neighbor that even though they qualify based on the noise level, there are not enough residents on the south side that will benefit from the project.
“So basically what ODOT is telling me and my neighbor is that our health and well being is not worth the expense for them,” Schrop said.
Schro said he is afraid he will get added noise when the walls are built next year.
The estimated project cost for the noise walls is $1.7 million and the funding will come from federal and state sources. Construction is expected to begin next summer.
Residents who want to comment on the project should submit their comments in writing by Aug. 30 to Edward Deley Jr., District 4 environmental coordinator, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44306. A summary of public comments will be posted on the ODOT website within 60 days of the deadline.