Manassas Journal Messenger | Frederick to tackle traffic noise

Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick R-Woodbridge was recently elected to head a committee to study the cost of noise abatement.

Frederick sponsored the legislation in the 2005 session of the General Assembly that created the committee after he received complaints about noise from the widening project on Va. 234 near Dumfries, said Frederick spokesman Paul Hart.

The project was funded by the state a decade ago when fewer people lived on Dumfries Road, Hart said.

“No provision had been made to either fund or provide right-of-way for sound walls or other noise reducing measures and state and county policy, in Frederick’s view, does not adequately address the impact on these types of projects to homeowners,” Hart said.

The Virginia Department estimates that noise abatement costs about $1.5 million per mile of roadway.

The commission will try to find ways to reduce that cost, Hart said.

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