Residents and businesses in the project area that will have a noise reduction of at least five decibels voted on the noise wall proposal that provides the noise reduction. Voting was held from Oct. 13 until Dec. 29, 2017.
Based on the favorable voting results for the proposed noise walls along EB Hwy 10 in Arden Hills, both noise walls will be built as part of the EB Hwy 10 third lane project between I-35W and Ramsey Co Rd. 96. The final voting results are as follows:
Wall NB1 (EB Hwy 10 between Banyan St. and Prior Ave.)
Total eligible points: 33
Yes Points: 29 (88%)
No Points: 2 (6%)
Decision: Wall will be built
Wall NB2 (EB Hwy 10between Prior Ave. and County Rd. 96)
Total eligible points: 75
Yes Points: 50 (67%)
No Points: 16 (21%)
Decision: Wall will be built
Learn more about how noise walls proposals are developed and how they reduce noise by watching this video.
Proposed noise walls
MnDOT conducted a noise study in early 2017 along Hwy 10 between I-35W and Co. Rd. 96 and determined that noise walls constructed on the south side of eastbound Hwy 10 between the railroad tracks and Co. Rd. 96 would reduce the traffic noise level by at least 5 decibels for local properties, units and businesses.
Noise barriers are solid obstructions built between the highway and properties along the highway designed to reduce the noise level of vehicles. Barriers can be either berms or high vertical walls.
Property owners and residents who will experience a noise level reduction of at least five decibels voted for or against the noise wall that provides the noise reduction between Oct. 13 and Dec. 29, 2017.
Who is eligible to vote on whether a noise barrier should be constructed?
MnDOT sends notices and noise wall ballots to people who are eligible to vote. Only the property owners or residents who experience a noise level reduction of at least five decibels from the proposed noise walls can vote on noise walls.
How does voting work?
If 50 percent or more of all possible voting points from eligible voters are received after the first request for votes, the majority of votes (based upon the votes received) determines the outcome. If less than 50 percent of the possible voting points for a wall are received after the first request, a second ballot will be mailed to the eligible voters who did not respond.
NOTE: The voting period for the Hwy 10 noise wall was extended an additional 30 days.
If 25 percent or more of all possible points for a barrier are received after the second request for votes, then the outcome is determined by the majority of votes received. If less than 25 percent of total possible points for a noise barrier are received after the second request for votes, then the barrier will NOT be constructed. If there is a tie, where there are equal numbers of points for and against a noise wall, the noise wall WILL be constructed.
What happens if I didn't vote?
If you didn’t vote, your decision to not vote was not counted as a vote against or for a noise wall.
How are the votes counted?
MnDOT uses a weighted voting system. Points are determined by how much your property or unit is affected by the noise wall and whether or not you own the property or unit. When noise walls are voted down, they are not be reconsidered.
This video provides a visualization of the proposed noise walls along Hwy 10 in Arden Hills
Disclaimer: This visualization does not represent the final highway lane alignment or exact location of the two noise walls. It is meant to provide a visual view of the noise walls along EB Hwy 10 in Arden Hills. Noise wall limits will be different after construction.
Graphics: Proposed noise walls
The noise wall will be 20 feet tall, built with wood planks and concrete posts. The visuals below are based on the information available July 11, 2017 and should not be interpreted as an exact design of this project.