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Are noise panels on the Ship Canal Bridge working?

October 30th, 2010 by master

Now that all those noise panels are up on the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge, have you noticed any difference?  WSDOT says it just finished its first tests, and the results are mixed.  They sent crews into the field last week and took noise measurements at 18 locations.  WSDOT says the numbers show the panels are working as well as predicted in about a third of the locations, but not as well as predicted in the majority of the locations.   The biggest noise relief came on the west side of the bridge.  You can check out the noise measurements here.

WSDOT photo

WSDOT will continue to take noise measurements once each quarter and then annually for 3 years.  700 noise reducing panels were put in place as part of a $7 million pilot project with money allocated by the state legislature.

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Noise panels on Ship Canal Bridge

June 6th, 2010 by master

If you live near the Ship Canal Bridge, here’s some news that might help you sleep better at night.  Starting this Monday (6/7), crews will begin the process of putting up noise absorbing ceiling panels on the south end of the bridge above the express lanes.  The panels are designed to absorb and block some of the reflected traffic noise that bounces off the ceiling of the express lanes and into the surrounding neighborhoods in the U-District, Wallingford, and Eastlake. 

The impact of the panels will be studied over 3 years to see if they can be used in other projects.  Some lane closures on the express lanes will also take place during part of the installation.  You can learn more on the WSDOT’s webpage.

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