GDOT Meets with Pleasant Hill Community | Families
The I-16/I-75 Interchange Reconstruction Project continues to move forward.
On Thursday the Georgia Department of Transportation met with members of the Pleasant Hill Community to discuss noise and visual barriers.
"To seek their input on the esthetic wall looks," said Clinton Ford, project manager.
Barrier options include ashlar stone, music and cherry blossom themes. But as GDOT quickly learned, some people are less concerned with how the wall looks.
Peter Givens, president of the Pleasant Hill Community Group, said they want to know what walls gives the least amount of noise.
"The question that came up was the difference between concrete and absorptive wall materials. Both materials reduce noise efficiently," said Amber Phillips, GDOT air noise team leader.
GDOT plans to use concrete, but say that could change and are taking in community feedback.
Minnie Grinell has lived in Pleasant Hill for many years and she's tired of dealing with the highway projects. She says construction should have been done right the first time in the 60s.
"Pleasant Hill is suppose to be our historic district. And now they're coming in and taking more. And if they keep on taking our historic district, it won't be our Pleasant Hill," said Grinell.
Project manager Clinton Ford says GDOT is trying to preserve some of the community's history.
"We're capturing the oral history of the entire community, which is going to be stored in the little richard resource center, there are several parks that are being developed, the street scape, the kiosks that will have the historic facts," said Ford.
Construction is slated to begin in 2018. If you are interested in leaving a comment about the project you can visit www.i16i75.com