State representatives from Camden and Glynn once again ask for answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) on the impacts of tree removal – this time on reducing noise levels.
State Representatives Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick), Don Hogan (R-Darien), Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), and State Senator William Ligon (R-Brunswick), sent a letter to GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry asking for a noise study to be complete. The purpose of the noise study would allow for funding to build noise buffers along I-95 were several neighborhoods are located.
Residents living along I-95 continued to complain of the noise since the tree removal started. According to GDOT’s last letter from Commissioner McMurry, enough trees were left along the roadway to create a barrier that would “be helpful” to reduce noise. According to GDOT, for noise buffers to be built, the roadway would have to be expanded for a noise study to be complete and further any potential noise buffering construction.
The letter from local representatives to the head of GDOT states that ” [i]t is more and more evident that the excessive tree clearing caused an unintended sound nuisance and hazard on the public. Your department previously cited a federal sound study which was conducted prior to the tree clearing. The public now believes a study needs to be performed and we agree.”
The letter requests that GDOT ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to perform a noise study and asks for all copies of the previous sound study be submitted to their offices for review.
In February, after much citizen pressure, GDOT released a proposed beautification plan only for Exit 1. GDOT was asked by AllOnGeorgia-Camden if other exits would get the same attention as Exit 1, but GDOT has not responded. Most of the clearing along I-95 is slated to be just Camden and Glynn counties.
The following below is the cost for the entire clearing projects for I-95 and I-16:
- $4.5 million for Interstate vegetation management contracts.
- $6 million for Hurricane Matthew cleanup contracts.
- Preliminary phase of the landscape/beautification projects: The amount to be determined.
The letter below to Commissioner of GDOT, Russell McMurry