I-95 Noise Pollution
CT DOT PLANS ITS LARGEST DOLLAR HIGHWAY & BRIDGE CAPITAL PROJECT FOR FY 2023, FY2024 + FY2025 IN GREENWICH
What you should know
It is a common misconception that vehicle noise is largely the result of engine noise. In most instances, the dominant source—termed tire—pavement noise—is actually located where the rubber meets the road. Many countries have regulations in place that limit the overall noise from vehicles, and noise from tires in particular.
What is CT DOT Planning?
A four-year-long, $205 million project is due to start in the Fall of 2022. The project focuses on road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, and safety improvements from the New York border (Exit 2) all the way through Exit 6 in Stamford. The project does nothing to address noise pollution from I-95 that disrupts sleep, reduces property values, and adversely impacts our health.
What steps could the DOT take to protect residents while improving highway throughput?
The Riverside Association has researched how CT DOT can incorporate sound mitigation materials into its planned rehabilitation of I-95 from the NY state line to Exit 6 in Stamford. Other states — including neighboring New York and Massachusetts — protect their citizens’ health and welfare as they improve their highways. We have summarized our findings in single page memos and have shared them with the Greenwich delegation to Hartford and local officials. You can see what we’ve learned by clicking on the links below.
Which Greenwich neighborhoods did DOT target for noise remediation back in 1985?
The DOT had a priority list of communities across Connecticut that needed noise remediation in 1985. The Retrofit Noise Abatement Program (Special Act 85-107) list was updated in 1995, removing the locations where noise had been mitigated. As a result, 11 Greenwich neighborhoods (Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich locations) inched closer to the top of the list.
What can you do?
Write to the DOT, the Greenwich delegation to Hartford, and local officials as listed below.
Send an email to: Mr. Neil Patel, Project Manager at DOTProject56firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative, D-150: email@example.com
State Representative, D-151: firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative, D-149: email@example.com
CT General Assembly, Environment Committee Co-Chair: Christine.Cohen@cga.ct.gov
CT General Assembly, Environment Committee Co-Chair: Dorinda.Borer@cga.ct.gov
CT DOT Legislative Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenwich First Selectman: email@example.com
Greenwich DPW: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your own email OR use one drafted by The Riverside Association. Be sure to sign your name and provide your street address at the bottom!