“Based on the existing conditions of the area and the number of homes that are affected, the formula produces a cost figure of $56,549 to build a noise barrier to effectively reduce noise. This is nearly seven times higher than our threshold to require a noise barrier as part of the project,” Verseckes said.
Verseckes called the upcoming design meeting and all similar meetings held by MassDOT an opportunity for the agency and its contractor to establish a direct link to residents of the three communities as well as neighbors of the project.
“With a project this size, we fully expect a wide-ranging discussion of any and all topics related to the project,” Verseckes said.
Pratt, who lives mere yards from a recently installed construction gate, said she was 100 percent certain someone from her neighborhood would bring up the sound barrier issue at the meeting.
“But I don’t think they’re going to tell me anything spectacularly good,” Pratt said.