I-29 Sound Walls Under Construction
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
January 25, 2012 10:09 PM
The new sound barriers along interstate-29 are far from complete. The new walls are supposed to drastically reduce the amount of traffic noise for those who live nearby.
A cold foggy day slowed production of a more than $2 million wall that will be assembled one section at a time.
“They got a few of the concrete pre-cast panels up, starting on the west side of the interstate, working from 49th Street south to 57th Street,” said Craig Smith with the Department of Transportation.
Engineers hope to have the sound walls finished by August. Crews have built about nine of almost 200 sections of the noise barrier.
“We're expecting them to go slow through the winter months and then as we get some nicer weather probably pick up a little bit of production,” said Smith.“I know the residents down there are very excited and we've heard over the years quite a few complaints about the noise.”
While the walls are helpful to people who live right next to the interstate, the DOT doesn’t plan on adding any extra sound walls in Sioux Falls.
“Anytime we have additional work on the interstate there will be a process that we will go though," explained Smith. "Each project or each location will have to be determine case by case and have to go through a full study to determine if it makes economical sense to make those walls.”