MnDOT awards city of Monticello funding for noise barrier
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The city of Monticello will receive funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to build a noise barrier along the north side of Interstate 94 from Nicholas Circle to near Marvin Elwood Road.
Cost of the noise barrier, which will be approximately 1,895 feet long and 20 feet high at its highest point, is $1.1 million. Most of the costs will be paid for with funds from MnDOT’s Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program. The city of Monticello will contribute 10 percent of the cost.
Eighteen homes will benefit from the project and there will be at least five decibels of noise reduction.
“A five decibel reduction will be noticeable to residents,” said Claudia Dumont, project manager. “The noise barrier should improve the quality of life for people living next to the freeway. Residents in the neighborhood are pleased that relief from traffic noise will be a reality in 2019.”
Cities can apply for the next round of funding opportunities starting Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. Funding for 2020 and 2021 have been allocated at $1M per year.
To qualify, cities must be adjacent to a limited access freeway, expressway or interstate where noise limits exceed the state daytime noise standard set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Cities not previously selected are required to submit a new application each year.
For more information, including a list of eligible cities, a complete list of application requirements and the application, go to www.mndot.gov/environment/noise/greater-mn-program.html.