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ODOT plans more noise barriers for Lake Milton

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LAKE MILTON, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has decided to add three more noise barriers to it's project to protect residents from sounds coming from a busy highway.

Based on information gathered at a recent public hearing, ODOT has released a map showing locations for the barriers that will be 10 to 14 feet tall along Interstate 76 in Lake Milton.

Instead of the four previously approved barriers, ODOT will install a total of seven.

A map released by ODOT shows plans for three walls on the west side of the lake. One would be built along Pine Drive from the shoreline to Grandview Avenue. Two other walls would be near Milton Avenue from the shoreline past Grandview.

ODOT also plans to erect four noise barriers on the eastern side of the Lake.  Two are planned for the north side of the interstate from the shore running eastward past Northeast River Road. The other two walls will run along the south side of the interstate, starting at the lake and ending east of Northeast River Road.

The project was prompted by tests showing noise levels in the  area above the 66 decibel maximum.  140 homes will be protected by the barriers. Construction on the  $1.7 million project is set to begin next summer.

These will be the first noise walls ever to be built in Mahoning County. Other walls are expected to be built along Interstate 680 in 2015

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