Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dunwoody Neighbors in Georgetown screaming for sound barrier along 285.

Life on Breezy Lane in DeKalb County has been anything but a breeze for the past year.
The street was a wreck for a long time, but homeowners there are happy now after reaching out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude.

Although the traffic on Interstate 285 can barely be seen from Ken Odom's back porch, it can definitely be heard. The noise measures pretty consistently in the 70 decibel range on the meter on Commuter Dude's phone -- equivalent to the sound of a vacuum cleaner.

From the neighborhood recreation area down the street, the noise is even worse. Over the years, neighbors around the Georgetown Recreation Swim Club have listened to traffic grow on I-285, but the spot hasn't met federal standards to be considered for a sound barrier.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has plans to alter the I-285/Georgia 400 interchange. The changes will bring new lanes right in front of the Georgetown Club.

A sound study is underway to anticipate future noise. It's the first step toward getting a sound barrier in the neighborhood.

Commuter Dude has contacted lawmakers at the federal and state levels to make them aware of the neighbors' concerns -- neighbors like Ken Odom, who just want to be heard.

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