The Ohio Turnpike Commission’s executive director and staff are aware of the concerns expressed by neighboring communities and residents regarding traffic noise on the Ohio Turnpike.
The General Assembly, in its biennial Transportation Budget, initiated a Study and Pilot Project, requiring the Commission to look into the viability of alternative noise mitigation methods or techniques that may alleviate some traffic noise along the Turnpike corridor.
The Commission issued a Request for Proposals for the Noise Mitigation Study and Pilot Project and, in July 2008, a contract was awarded to TranSystems of Cleveland, Ohio to perform this work. Click here to view the Resolution.
Pilot Project sites were selected, with construction of two selected noise mitigation methods taking place in the spring of 2009.
A Summary Report was provided to the Turnpike Legislative Review Committee. The Commission will analyze the findings produced by the Pilot Project and ultimately make a determination on what, if any, further action will be taken.
Below is a portion of the legislative language to Capital Bill, Am. Sub. H.B. 562. regarding the Pilot Project.
Sec. 315.10. OHIO TURNPIKE COMMISSION NOISE MITIGATION PILOT PROJECT
The Ohio Turnpike Commission shall perform a study of noise impact mitigation methods or techniques that may be used as an alternative to traditional sound barriers on the turnpike project. The study shall examine the viability of alternative noise impact mitigation methods or techniques that may be installed to alleviate traffic noise that is in excess of the criteria contained in the Ohio Department of Transportation's "Standard Procedures for the Analysis and Abatement of Highway Traffic Noise." After completing the study, but before December 31, 2008, the Ohio Turnpike Commission shall commence a pilot program utilizing one or more alternative noise impact mitigation methods or techniques examined in the study, and shall submit a report containing the results of the pilot program and projected costs of further implementation to the Turnpike Legislative Review Committee not later than June 30, 2009.
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