Macon’s transportation planning organization is asking the state to see if better sound barriers are needed throughout the city.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert was the only person to vote against the initiative Wednesday.
“We already know the answer to that,” Reichert said. “We need to try to find the money” to build the barriers.
The policy committee of the Macon Area Transportation Study voted Wednesday morning to have Georgia’s Department of Transportation study whether sound barriers are required along Interstate 75 and Interstate 16 to protect residents’ health and safety. The group also voted to ask the state for information on making the barriers look better.
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Speakers Wednesday said the sound barriers are ugly but effective. Peg Jones, a North Pine Knoll Drive resident, said her walls began to crack after trees along an Interstate 75 widening project were removed.
“I can sleep on the second floor of my home and open the windows, and it sounded like Niagra Falls, just roaring,” she said. After brown sound barriers were installed, it got quieter than before trees were cut down. She hopes new trees or other aesthetic upgrades can be put in place.
“We can redo it and make it as attractive as it was,” she said.
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