DOT Officials In NJ Say New Noise Walls Meant To Be Aesthetically Friendly

LYNDHURST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There’s nothing odd about sound barriers along Tri-State highways, that is until you see the one on Route 3 in New Jersey.

While some local residents living alongside the highway were puzzled at why 4-foot acrylic windows were placed above the barriers, the Department of Transportation called them a new concept.

A spokesperson told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan on Monday that the windows were included to make the wall look smaller and to allow more light into the neighborhood.

“I think it’s okay because we can see the other side. We can see the trees and the houses,” Rutherford resident Hannah Zielinski said.

Before starting construction, transportation officials said they held several meetings in both towns and decided to go with the design because neighbors were worried about the aesthetics of the wall.

In a statement, the DOT spokesperson said the barrier “sufficiently decreases the noise decibel from the highway while minimizing the overall aesthetic effect.”

“It looks like the Berlin Wall,” Jean Blohn, of Lyndhurst, said. “I think it’s a lotta taxpayers money.”

Noise walls run $4 million a mile and as of Monday, DOT officials were not sure if barriers with windows cost more. Some neighbors said the walls make cars sound louder on their street.

The DOT said while the walls do not eliminate highway noise all-together, the noise level is less than it was before.

What do you think of the noise walls on Route 3?  Share your thoughts in the comments section….

  • rik

    these walls are ugly and unamerican…they do not allow drivers to view the towns and architecture and beauty or ugliness of america as we drive by…stop these stupid walls immediatly

  • Robert

    The NJ taxpayer can foot the bill for $4 million dollar sound walls on highways but there is no money for police, firemen, teachers or for the working class people’s retirement and health care. What a disgrace! Where is the great Gov. Christie on this waste of money?

  • Mari N

    I don’t know about you folks but here in Central Jersey those walls are just magnets for graffiti…………Which looks horrible. Then when they try to cover it up they don’t even choose a color that’s close. They just create a fresh new canvas. I agree with Bullett. Plant ivy and let THAT cover those walls.

  • Bullett

    Did anyone from the state DOT hear of the word “sun glare”? As for those ugly walls, cover them up by planting crawling ivy. Otherwise, take the name “Garden State” off of our license plates and put “State of Incompetence”, or “State of High Taxes”.

  • Fiscal Mismanagement.

    “as of Monday, officials weren’t sure if barriers with windows cost more”. Wow. WOW. And that, right there, is The crux of the problem. When I run a project at work, I can tell you to the penny what it’s costing. If I can’t tell, a spreadsheet with that answer is a mere click away. And they can’t answer a basic question? If I came up with that answer, my job performance would be questioned and reviewed, if I wasn’t outright fired. Nd we give these clowns how many billions in taxpayer money to come up with, ” I don’t know anything about this project I’m running”?

  • ftp2011

    Is that the reason why they put sperm cell-like images on those walls?

  • Jack

    Absolute , horrendous waste of money !

    • yankees368

      Do you actually know that this design cost any additional money than a normal design, or are you just assuming? Maybe it even costs less.

  • yankees368

    They have been using this exact design in Canada along the QEW for a few years now. Nothing new, just the US being slow to adopt new things again.

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