Neighbors: I-44 construction noise is too loud


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Updated: 10/11/2012 9:16 am Published: 10/10/2012 6:56 pm


More lane closures are scheduled as part of the I-44 widening project near Lewis Avenue.

All lanes of Utica Avenue near 51st street closed near I-44 Wednesday night. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects to reopen those lanes Thursday evening.

The westbound on-ramp at I-44 closed Wednesday night as crews work on making the ramps safer to enter and exit on.

All the noise from the construction site is a pain in the ears for nearby neighbors.

"We can't sit out on our patio anymore,” said Becky Laxson, who lives across the street from the construction. “We can't answer our phone without going indoors to talk."

ODOT says they're in the last stretch of this I-44 widening project. It is expected to last 20 months but while they're renovating the road Laxson only wants one thing.

"We're so hoping there's going to be a sound wall," she told FOX23.

Laxson’s neighbor, Mary Robinson, shares those same thoughts.

"Hopefully, we'll get something to keep it from being so loud,” she added. “We're willing to put up with it and it'll be so nice when it's finished."

ODOT says it saved this section for last to make sure there were good detour routes set up.  

Kenna Mitchell, a spokesperson for ODOT, says they will be adding a sound wall in from Atlanta to Columbia to minimize the amount of noise that comes through.

They're also giving the contractor incentives to finish the project before the deadline.

The transportation department adds the ramps at Harvard and Peoria are the best alternatives to getting on westbound I-44.

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