All existing noise walls will be replaced as part of the reconstruction of I-35W. There are seven locations along I-35W and I-94 where new noise wall installation was deemed reasonable and feasible during the noise analysis process, and MnDOT’s required community voting process was initiated.
Neighborhoods where voting occurred:
- Kingfield – Stevens Ave (36th – 38th)
- Central – 2nd Ave (31st – 32nd)
- Phillips West – 2nd Ave (Greenway – Lake)
- Ventura Village – 18th St (Chicago – 11th)
- Elliot Park – 17th St (Chicago – 11th)
- Loring Park – 16th St (Nicollet – 1st)
- Stevens Square-Loring Heights – 17th St (1st – 3rd)
The voting process will remain open until the end of the EA comment period (April 27, 2016) and eligible “benefitted” receptor representatives may vote, or change their vote, until that date. However, preliminary voting has been completed in all neighborhoods and all neighborhoods except Phillips West have voted against the noise walls. A new noise wall is expected to be built on the east side of I-35W between Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway. Check the website after April 27 for a confirmation of the final voting results.
Noise Impact: Occurring when the predicted traffic noise levels approach or exceed (being within 1 dBA or less of the activity category) the noise abatement criteria or substantially exceed (an increase of 5 dBA or more) the existing noise levels.
Receptor: An outdoor location, used by the resident, that the noise model has determined will experience noise impacts due to the proposed project.
Benefitted Receptor: An outdoor location that the noise model has determined will experience noise impacts due to the proposed project and is deemed to receive a 5 decibel or greater reduction in noise levels with the proposed noise wall.
Feasible: At least one receptor with a 5 decibel reduction that is considered constructible given the site conditions.
Reasonable: At least one receptor with a 7 decibel reduction that is considered cost effective and is not voted out by the benefitted receptors.
Cost Effective: $43,500 or less per benefitted receptor.
Property Owner: The person or business listed on the property tax records.
Resident: The current person or persons living at the address.