Those in the project area that will have a noise reduction of at least five decibels or more will be able to vote for or against the noise wall that provides the noise reduction. Voting started on October 13 and closes on November 17, 2017.
Learn more about how your vote counts and how noise walls will impact your area by attending an Open House on Wed, Nov. 8 and watching this video.
Proposed noise walls
MnDOT recently conducted a noise study 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 County Road 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 can vote for or against the noise wall that provides the noise reduction. Voting started on October 13 and closes on November 17, 2017.
Who is eligible to vote on whether a noise barrier should be constructed?
MnDOT will send 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 the wall.
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.
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 don’t vote, your decision to not vote is 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. If a noise wall is voted down, it will 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. It is meant to provide a visual view of the proposed noise wall along eastbound Hwy 10 in Arden Hills. Noise wall limits may 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.