I-5 noise-wall construction near Lacey begins soon

Staff writerMay 24, 2011 

A $4.8 million project to build two noise barriers near Interstate 5 in Lacey’s Thompson Place and Tanglewilde East neighborhoods will begin next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

WSDOT and Mowat Construction Co. will begin on-site work, starting with tree and brush clearing from the hillside near I-5, on May 31.

According to a WSDOT news release:

Completion is expected in October, providing more than a mile of new walls. About 86,000 vehicles drive the stretch of I-5 daily and more than 150 homes are affected by the noise; those who live closest to the interstate should expect disruptive and noisy construction.

The two walls will range from 8 to 20 feet tall and measure 3,950 feet long for Thompson Place and 3,350 feet long for Tanglewilde East. People living closest to the interstate will see the biggest change in noise levels.

Construction of I-5 did not take noise into account; certain locations along the interstate and other highways qualify for noise-reduction projects. WSDOT ranks the projects and puts them on a statewide retrofit list. They are completed as funding is available.

Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476

nhulings@theolympian.com

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