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“We’ve lived here for 17 years, and when we first came here it was substantially quieter,” he said. “Every time they have upgraded the freeway, the noise has steadily crept up.”
His concern with the new expansion is that noise barriers that are to be installed won’t be effective. A retired electrician, Day takes a scientific approach to documenting how noise has increased.
“We’ve picked up 6 to 8 decibels [of noise] in our back yard just in the past few years,” he said. “When traffic is at its peak, you can’t have a normal conversation in our back yard. You have to shout at each other.”
The project’s original plan also put the Ramsey County Board and neighborhood activists at odds because, among other things, the plans cut off a pedestrian tunnel running under the freeway.
“We had major concerns with the original design,” said Leslie McMurry, director of the Payne-Phalen Planning Council. “That is now being addressed.”
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