Traffic Noise Technical Report Identifies Four Potential Noise Barriers

The I-65/I-70 North Split Project Team recently completed a Traffic Noise Technical Report, which evaluates the potential noise impacts of the proposed improvements within the project area.

INDOT evaluates noise abatement measures for feasibility and reasonableness. If proven feasible and reasonable, any residents and/or property owners who have been determined to benefit from the construction of a noise barrier are given the opportunity to provide their input. INDOT then makes the decision whether to construct the noise barrier based on feasibility, reasonableness, and input from the benefited residents and/or property owners.

Based on the guidelines outlined in INDOT’s Traffic Noise Policy, recent analyses found that noise barriers were determined to be feasible and cost-effective at fivelocations:

  1. Westbound I-70, along the edge of the north shoulder from Commerce Avenue to Valley Avenue, near the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood
  2. Westbound I-70, along the edge of the north shoulder from approximately 240 feet west of Lewis Street and Commerce Avenue, near the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood
  3. Northbound I-65, along the edge of the north shoulder between College Avenue and Alabama Street, near the Old Northside neighborhood
  4. Southbound I-65, along the edge of the south shoulder between College Avenue and Alabama Street, near the Chatham Arch and Saint Joseph neighborhoods
  5. Southbound I-65/Westbound I-70, along the edge of the west shoulder between 10th Street and Ohio Street near Massachusetts Avenue and the Lockerbie Square neighborhood

Click here to see the map of the potential noise barriers.

Noise Surveys will Gauge Residents’ and Property Owners’ Opinions about Barriers

As part of the project development process, INDOT is seeking input from residents and property owners who would benefit from the construction of a noise barrier whether they want the barrier to be constructed. FHWA and INDOT will consider the feedback received before making a decision whether or not to construct each noise barrier. To solicit input from benefited residents and property owners, the North Split Project Team is:

  • Mailing a survey postcard, along with a cover letter, maps and FAQs, to all benefited residents and property owners.
  • Conducting neighborhood meetings. At the meetings, Project team staff will provide an overview presentation and answer questions.

Four Noise Abatement Neighborhood Meetings Scheduled

To solicit input from benefited residents and property owners, the neighborhood meetings include:

  1. Noise Barrier 7: Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Athenaeum auditorium, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis
  2. Noise Barrier 5: Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the Firefighters Museum, 748 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis
  3. Noise Barrier 4: Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus McGowan Hall, 1305 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis
  4. Noise Barriers 3E and 4W: Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the 37 Place Community Center gymnasium, 2605 E. 25th St., Indianapolis

If a majority (greater than 50%) of benefited residents and property owners do not respond to the survey, a second survey will be required, so it is very important that benefited residents and property owners submit their survey postcards.

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