Crews prepare to build sound walls on I-10 in Metairie

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sound walls are going up along the interstate in Metairie between Transcontinental Drive and Power Boulevard to shield residential neighborhoods from noise. These pylons will support the walls separating the road noise from nearby houses.  Show caption
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Sound walls are going up along the interstate in Metairie between Transcontinental Drive and Power Boulevard to shield residential neighborhoods from noise. These pylons will support the walls separating the road noise from nearby houses.

Higher noise levels anticipated from traffic flow on new lanes

Crews are preparing to install sound walls along Interstate 10 in Metairie as work to widen the roadway progresses.

I-10 between Clearview Parkway and Veterans Boulevard is undergoing a $42.4 million widening project.

The sound walls are being installed to help reduce traffic noise levels that might result from a potentially greater flow of vehicles that will pass closer to homes and businesses once the new lanes are installed.

Construction on the sound walls is expected to begin in the coming days, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and will continue “intermittently” about the next year at various points along the stretch of interstate that crews are widening.

The new sound walls will be built along I-10 beginning at Clearview Parkway and will extend to the Veterans exit, according to the DOTD.

The sound walls, which will look the same as those put up along I-10 between Causeway Boulevard to the I-10/610 split, will be built on DOTD right-of-way, but since they are going up so close to nearby homes and businesses, the agency warns that property owners could experience noise and vibrations during construction.

The overall project will increase I-10 from six to 10 lanes between Clearview and Veterans and will include improvements to the interchange at Clearview Parkway. The DOTD has said the project will increase capacity and improve safety on the heavily traveled roadway.

Work began in January 2012 and is expected to be completed later this year.

The project is being jointly funded by the DOTD and Federal Highway Administration, with the DOTD administering the project.

Volkert Inc. of New Orleans is in charge of construction engineering and inspection service for the DOTD, while construction is being done by J.B. James Construction LLC of Baton Rouge.

Information about the project is available at www.geauxwidernola.com. People with questions or concerns may send them to the construction team at questions@geauxwidernola.com.