Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W

Roseville, Blaine

Orange barrels on a highway

We want your input

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. Learn more about how your vote counts and how noise walls will impact your area by watching this video.

Noise Barriers

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 beams or high vertical walls.

Noise walls along I-35W North

Traffic noise along I-35W North between Hwy 36 and Lexington Ave. exceeds the state's noise standards. A noise study concluded that adding noise walls at several locations along I-35W North would reduce noise for properties adjacent to this area by at least five decibels.

Where would the noise walls be built and what would they look like?

The proposed noise walls are 20-foot-tall barriers built with wood planks and concrete posts. The planks for the wall will be brown; the posts for the walls north of Co Rd J will be brown; and the posts on the walls south of Co Rd J will be tan.

When would the noise walls go up?

The noise walls would be built as part of the overall construction of the I-35W North project. The exact dates for noise wall construction have not been determined.

You can make a difference

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.

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.

Please see MnDOT’s 2015 Noise Policy for information about the voting process.

Tally for noise wall votes

*If greater than 50 percent of the total eligible points are no votes then the noise wall is removed from the project.

Final voting results as of April 2017

Wall NB1

East side of I-35W between Co Rd D and Co R C in Roseville

  • Total eligible points: 147
  • Yes Points: 78 (53%)
  • No Points: 69 (47%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built
    • Note: Noise Wall NB1 was originally proposed as 4,182 feet long. Based on the results of the benefited receptor solicitation process, Noise Wall NB1 will be reduced to 757 feet at the north end of the wall near Co Rd D. The new proposed length of Noise Wall NB1 is 3,425 feet. There were no benefited receptors that voted in favor of Noise Wall NB1 or did not provide a voting response that were affected by the shortening of the noise wall. The shortened version of Noise Wall NB1 is proposed for construction.

Wall NC1

East side of I-35W between the freight rail tracks and Co Rd D in New Brighton

  • Total eligible points: 414
  • Yes Points: 324 (79%)
  • No Points: 4 (1%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Wall SE1

West side of I-35W between 10th St. NW and Co Rd E2 in New Brighton

  • Total eligible points: 156
  • Yes Points: 107 (69%)
  • No Points: 0 (0%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Wall SI1

West side of I-35W between Co Rd I and Squire Ln in Mounds View

  • Total eligible points: 420
  • Yes Points: 277 (66%)
  • No Points: 7 (2%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Wall SJ1

South side of Hwy 10 between Edgewood Dr and Jackson Dr in Mounds View

  • Total eligible points: 60
  • Yes Points: 48 (80%)
  • No Points: 0 (0%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Wall NK1

East side of I-35W between Lake Dr and 95th Ave. NE in Blaine

  • Total eligible points: 648
  • Yes Points: 86 (13%)
  • No Points: 465 (72%)
  • Decision: Wall will not be built

Wall NL1

South side of I-35W between 95th Ave. NE and Lexington Ave. in Blaine

  • Total eligible points: 213
  • Yes Points: 99 (47%)
  • No Points: 9 (4%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Wall NN1

South side of I-35W between Sunset Ave. and Rice Lake Dr in Lino Lakes

  • Total eligible points: 108
  • Yes Points: 105 (97%)
  • No Points: 0 (0%)
  • Decision: Wall will be built

Noise Wall informational video