US 127 noise barrier wall construction scheduled

Posted: 8:40 AM, Dec 09, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-09 08:40:07-05

All residents near U.S. 127 from Grand River Avenue to Lake Lansing Road want is some silence.

"The new noise abatement wall being constructed by M-DOT will go along the northbound 127 and will go from Lake Lansing to Grand River Avenue," said Scott House, Director of Public Works for East Lansing.

"This is a follow up to the previous noise abatement wall constructed on the West side of the road. That was constructed approximately three years ago," said House.

Homeowners have been asking for a noise cancelling wall near their homes, just weeks after one was already built on the opposite end.

"When they put the previous wall up some time there was a system change and then noise was deflected from the west side across to the east side. This wall will mitigate that impact," said House.

M-Dot told FOX 47 that they are still in the preliminary stages of planning. And if all goes well, the $6 million project could look just like the Southbound U.S. 127 between Grand River Avenue and Lake Lansing.

A federal grant will pay for most of the East Lansing project, but the city will still need to pay their end.

"The city's match is $71,800, and this has been a project many local residents have been greatly anticipating and are excited about this," House said.

Construction for the project could begin as early as March and be completed by October. To keep with their time frame, M-DOT will close one lane moving the intersection down to two lanes.