Three Years Ago: Meetings, then a Vote; Some Residents are Peeved by Proposed Sound Barriers

A recent LoHud article described Grandview residents’ dismay about a sound barrier that would remove their river view and change the area’s character.

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Resident were given four designs to choose from/NNYB

Resident were given four designs to choose from/NNYB

“How can we vote without knowing what the barrier will look like?” asked Eric Strober of Upper Grandview during a meeting three years ago. “This is premature. Unless we know what bridge is being built and at what height, how can we make a decision?”

Several times state DOT Project Director Michael Anderson had to quiet the room the following month, when Westchester residents were asked to choose from one of four sound barrier designs.

“Why do we not have a picture or the drawing of the design and the height?” said Ellen Kellerman, who sat in the front row. “You want us to vote on something without all the facts.”

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Westchester and Rockland residents living near the bridge voted in July 2013 to add the barriers, which are between 10 and 18 feet high. The $2 million barriers will to muffle the 70-decibel traffic noise by seven decibels.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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