Milepost 320 - 324 Total Reconstruction Project

Traffic Noise Resources

Sound Barrier Community Meetings

Sound Barrier Community Meetings (September 26 & 27, 2011)

On September 26 and 27, 2011, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission met with impacted property owners in the project area to determine whether or not they wanted a sound barrier and if so, the preferred color and texture of the barrier facing the community.

These Sound Barrier Community Meetings were held at the Valley Forge Middle School in Wayne, Pa. and were attended by a total of 192 residents over two nights. Impacted property owners (those predicted to be impacted by traffic noise during the project's design year (2035) as defined in the Noise Impact Analysis Report) were invited to attend and cast their votes. All impacted property owners voted on whether or not they were in favor of construction of a sound barrier. Only property owners whose property line touches the Turnpike right-of-way line or future sound barrier location were asked to give their preferences for the color and texture of the wall. These impacted property owners were then divided into nine color-coded voting groups based on continuity of sound barriers and sight line of barriers.

Please click on the following links to view the meeting materials and displays that were available at the meeting, including the color and texture choices available for the sound barriers and a link to the sound barrier mapping for the project area.

Color and Texture Options

Voting Results

Over fifty percent of the impacted property owners in the project area participated in the voting process. The majority of voters in each voting group selected ashlar stone as the preferred texture for the wall. The preferred colors of the wall included gray, tan and beige. The detailed results of the vote are listed below:

Voting Results
Voting Group/Noise Study Area Area Description Color/Texture
1 - NSA N1 Howells Road area north of Turnpike Gray Ashlar Stone
2 - NSA S1 & S2 South of Turnpike - Along Yellow Springs Road and includes Vanguard School Gray Ashlar Stone
3 - NSA S3 Summerhill Gray Ashlar Stone
4 - NSA S7 Earthen Berm Behind Valley Forge Service Plaza Earthen Berm
5a - NSA S7 & N6 Glenhardie single family homes Beige Ashlar Stone
5b - NSA S8 Glenhardie Golf Course and Condominium Association Tan Ashlar Stone
6 - NSA S4 Fox Hollow and Main Street Village Gray Ashlar Stone
7 - NSA S5 Eagles Ridge Condominiums and Valley Stream Tan Ashlar Stone
8 - NSA S6 Sullivan's Bridge, The Ponds and The Quarters Tan Ashlar Stone
9 - NSA S6 Green Hills Gray Ashlar Stone