Sound walls approved for potential I-205 widening project
Two sound walls will go up along I-205 in West Linn as part of the I-205 widening and improvement project if the Oregon State Legislature approves the overall project. ODOT expects the project to pass because it has been assured the Legislature has made it a priority.
ODOT revealed May 1 that wall B unanimously passed the vote while wall C was turned down. However only 22% of eligible voters for B turned in ballots while 49% of those eligible to vote for C did so. Wall B will extend 1,500 feet along I-205 between Blankenship Road and River Falls Shopping Center.
Sound walls, which are typically 12-to-18 feet high and made of either concrete post and panel or concrete masonry block, are meant to reduce traffic noise near busy roadways.
ODOT — which is mandated by federal law to offer soundwalls to impacted neighborhoods — had originally proposed four walls as part of the project, but two were voted down by nearby residents and property owners.
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