Bipartisan group of area legislators call for road noise abatement funding

Bipartisan group of area legislators call for road noise abatement funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills, Rep. Sharon MacDonell, D-Troy, and Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, have called on the governor and legislative leaders from both parties to address excessive highway noise at two locations along the I-75 corridor between 13 Mile and Adams roads.

The legislators’ request comes after an April 11 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) meeting at the Troy Community Center, where officials told residents that two sections meet criteria for the installation and construction of a sound wall.

MDOT has $4 million from a previous appropriation to build additional sound walls. However, department officials stated that an additional $10 million is needed to complete the project, and they will not allocate any of their $6.5 billion FY 2022-23 budget to it.

Legislative leaders from both parties must intervene to fund the project for it to be completed.

“We owe it to our constituents to push for these funds in full and finally get this done for the residents of Troy,” Webber said.

“Our residents have made their voices heard, and we will explore all possible avenues to get the funding we need,” MacDonell said.

“Some 200 residents came to the Troy Community Center to demand action on a problem Lansing created. They don’t want finger-pointing or partisan bickering. They want results. And I’m committed to working with members of both parties to deliver for Troy,” Kuhn added.

Troy’s legislative leaders have pledged to continue to work together to get the sound wall expansion done for the city’s residents.


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