Monday, January 17, 2011

Noise Levels Along Dulles Toll Road to be Tested

With a rail system being built to Dulles International Airport and the development that comes with it, some along the Dulles Toll Road are worried about their quality of life. People who have homes or businesses near the Dulles Toll Road are concerned about noise from the highway.

WTOP Radio recently reported that "along Sunrise Valley Road, which stretches from Herndon to Reston, a chain link fence is the only separation from the highway to a smaller road where town homes and businesses are located. The roar of trucks is clearly audible."

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is responsible for the operation of the Dulles Toll Road after assuming charge from the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2008.

While the current road has more than 7 miles of highway sound walls, the airports authority is gathering information and opinions about what future noise-abatement projects are needed to keep up with recent and future development.

WTOP also noted that scientific sound-level testing will be done this summer.

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