More noise walls added to Lake Milton plan

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Residents in the Lake Milton area have won their battle over a noise wall.

ODOT officials announced Wednesday they will put up three additional sound barriers along Interstate 76 in Lake Milton.

At a July open meeting in Lake Milton, 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.

At the time, ODOT announced that four of seven proposed noise walls would be built. Residents left out of the plan complained, claiming that it would give them added noise.

ODOT officials re-evaluated the situation and now feels the added walls are needed.

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