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MDOT to build sound wall between I-75 & Troy neighborhood

Posted at 5:58 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 16:57:56-04

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — People who live in one Troy neighborhood are overjoyed at news from the Michigan Department of Transportation. MDOT says it will be building a sound wall between I-75 and Carter Avenue.

Neighbors called 7 Action News after to voice concerns and call for this.

MDOT says in 2016 a noise study found the traffic from I-75 here was so loud that a sound wall was needed. Then a 2018 study found traffic got louder, so the sound wall was canceled.

The reason is a larger sound wall would be needed to be effective and it was not in the budget.

“I feel like I mean nothing in the eyes of the government,” said Helene West, a neighbor.

She called on MDOT to keep its promise in a story that aired earlier this month.

MDOT responded to our story. MDOT spokesperson Rob Morosi says MDOT leaders met with federal officials to find a solution. Even though the sound wall required is more expensive than typically approved - they found a way. Neighbors found out during a meeting with MDOT Monday.

“I think it shows the heart MDOT has that they went and fought for us and came up with the right solution,” said Bob Kush, a neighbor.

“I am so grateful to MDOT and to you. I believe your news report was instrumental in them reversing their decision,” said West.

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