The Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation approved construction of noise barriers at one section of the Capital Beltway surrounding Washington, D.C. The total noise reduction effort, which awaits final recommendations for two other sections of the highway, will be part of an overall improvement program to widen the highway and keep noise effects from increased traffic at a minimum. A wall and earth berm combination will be constructed at the Interstate 66 interchange at an estimated cost of $383,575; and an earth berm will be built near the Dominon Bridge for approximately $265,036. According to a state highway department spokesman, the sites were chosen after evaluation of the engineering feasibility, cost, and public reaction. An attitudinal survey taken by the state shows that residents of the selected areas are in favor of the barriers, although they are equally concerned with the aesthetics of the project. Residents were particularly concerned that trees and shrubbery not be cut down for the noise barriers and indicated that the state should consider costs to insure proper landscaping of the areas. Final recommendations for other sections of the highway are expected in Novebmer. /Article/

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  • Publication Date: 1975-9-15

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  • Accession Number: 00126293
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  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM