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August 3, 2016

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MnDOT awards city of Avon funding for noise barrier

Funding is part of Greater Minnesota program

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The city of Avon will receive funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to build a noise barrier along the north side of Interstate 94 from east of Chinook Avenue Southwest to Middle Spunk Lake.

Cost of the noise barrier, which will be approximately 3,400 feet long and 20 feet high, is approximately $1.5 million. Most of the costs will be paid for with funds from MnDOT’s Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program. The city of Avon will contribute 10 percent of the cost.

Design work will begin next spring and construction will start in 2018, according to Claudia Dumont, project manager.

Thirty-six homes near the interstate will benefit from the project.

“This barrier will provide a noticeable level of noise reduction to those homes,” said Dumont. “Residents in Avon have had concerns about traffic noise for many years and tried unsuccessfully to get funding through another program that was not specifically targeted for noise barriers. The city is happy to have been selected.”

Cities can apply for the next round of funding opportunities starting Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Future funding amounts have not been determined.

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 mndot.gov/environment/noise/greater-mn-program.html.