WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark last week sent a request to New Jersey Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti on behalf of affected Borough residents to request the installation of sound barriers along Interstate 80.
In 1999, the NJDOT made a commitment to install additional noise barriers when barriers were constructed through Totowa along the thoroughfare. In 2005, installation was complete in Totowa, yet Woodland Park did not receive the barriers it was promised.
Four local streets affected by excessive highway noise were omitted from the original plan: Vernon Court and Brophy Lane on the eastbound side of I-80 and Greenway Lane and Glover Avenue on the westbound side.
Now the DOT has plans to reconstruct I-80 from Hackensack to Woodland Park. Early in the planning, the NJDOT indicated that sound barriers would be funded as part of this project.
“As I indicated in the many planning meetings I’ve attended on this issue, this may be our final opportunity unity to get something done,” he wrote. “Those living on these residential streets have had to deal with a severe quality of life issue for far too long.”
The mayor requested that the NJDOT ensure the inclusion of sound barriers for the above mentioned streets as part of its forthcoming work.