Pleasant Hill leader likes state's barrier plan | News
A Pleasant Hill community leader says he's happy with state plans for barrier walls proposed for the neighborhood.
The state Department of Transportation held a meeting Thursday to show off the plans and take public comment.
The noise and visual barriers are scheduled to be built during the upcoming expansion of the Interstate 75-16 interchange. The project is expected to cost at least $300 million and the estimated start date is 2018.
Peter Givens, president of the Pleasant Hill Community Improvement Group, says they're happy with the plans.
He said the group helped design the barriers and choose the themes that will be shown on them -- like education, medicine, government, schools, churches on them
The Pleasant Hill group has asked the state for walls that will absorb the noise from the interstate, not just build concrete walls that will reflect noise.
He says he believes the DOT is responding to their concerns.
Eventually, the massive interstate project will bring big changes to I-75 between Hardeman Avenue and Pierce Avenue and to I-16 between I-75 and Walnut Creek.
The goal is to improve safety and traffic flow.
But the project will bring big changes to Pleasant Hill, a neighborhood that split in half by the original I-75 project in the early 1960s.
The state plans to remodel or move up to 26 homes at no cost to the owners, build two new parks and the two noise barriers.
Givens says he's supported the project from the beginning, because the interchange is unsafe.