CALIFORNIA: TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT OFFERS $700,000 FOR RELOCATION OF SCHOOL AWAY FROM PROPOSED HIGHWAY NOISE

The California Department of Transportation tentatively has agreed to provide more than $700,000 to relocate a Granada Hills elementary school away from a proposed freeway, but a construction date is uncertain. Spokesman for the transportation department told Noise Regulation Reporter that the Rinaldi Street School in Granada Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, is being moved to protect the children from motor vehicle noise and traffic. The proposed San Fernando Valley Freeway (Interstate 118) covering parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties would pass 36 feet from the school. To design and build the freeway around the school would have cost more than it will cost to relocate the school. Additional funding for the estimated $1.3 million relocation costs would come from the sale of the Rinaldi school site. The transportation department has bought residential properties in the path of the highway. The school is to be relocated to approximately one mile northwest of its current site, and construction is "tied to when the division of highways (in the transportation department) will have funds" to contribute its share, according to a spokesman on the area's school building planning committee. Acoustical barrier construction was considered, but was determined to be too costly. A 12-foot sound wall to bring the noise level down to 50 dBA, the limit for freeway noise affecting classrooms, was estimated to cost about $1 million. Also, a street adjacent to the school that is used for access to it would have required upgrading at additional cost.

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  • Publication Date: 1975-9-15

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  • Accession Number: 00126294
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM