I read the article in the June 28 issue of the Hudson Hub-Times, "Sound walls part of Route 8 project." My reaction to the title was one of great enthusiasm which diminished rapidly as I read the article. I quickly learned that the area to receive sound barriers was nowhere near my home. I live on Martin Drive which is a small dead end street containing 9 residential homes. Our street runs parallel to Route 8, therefore it is practically in our back yard.
When I purchased the home 24 years ago the noise from Route 8 was noticeable but within reason. Since then the traffic on Route 8 has increased dramatically along with the noise level. It has become nearly intolerable to spend time in our back yards. One of the residents wanted to know if we were eligible for a sound barrier. They learned that eligibility is dependent on the decibel level of the road noise so they had a survey done and learned that we fell within those guidelines.
As you can imagine this caused much enthusiasm but sadly it was quickly erased. Years ago our street was re-zoned from "Residential" to "Commercial/Office" for reasons I do not know. The rules regarding eligibility for a sound barrier do not apply to areas zoned as "Commercial/Office." I understand the need for zoning rules but these homes have been here for 70+ years and of course were built when the area was zoned "Residential."
Seems like there should be some sort of grandfather rule that would allow residential guidelines on pre-existing homes. What a difference it would make if the crew building the wall mentioned in your article could cross the street, move a little farther north and build another short section.