23. And what about hazards to our health due to the noise after construction if the sound wall is added at a later date?
24. What kind of hazards to our health due to vibration of construction?
25. And what about hazards to our health due to vibration after construction with more vehicles passing at a steadier speed?
26. What about structural damage to our homes being so close to the construction along Estates Road and Fiero Street? Is there a recommended distance from construction that will not cause structural damage and shifting to our homes?
27. Will there be monitors monitoring vibration from construction?
28. I understand drill shafts used over City Park Lake, which is close proximity, so that is concern for vibration and noise as well.
29. Many concerns for structural damage to our homes due to vibration after construction is complete. There will be more trucks and vehicles passing at a steadier speed, and now, at a closer distance to my house.
30. What about the change and impact to the quality of my lifestyle that I have created for myself to be in this historical area of Baton Rouge. This includes working in our yards, sitting back and relaxing outdoors, enjoying the breeze coming from the lakes, lying in the hammock, walking the dog, jogging, socializing with our neighbors. I fear I will we be locked in my home, scared for my privacy and safety, unable to breathe outside, everything covered in concrete dust, black top, or whatever, construction equipment and workers in our front yards, noise pollution of construction, and so on. Only able to hear construction pounding, scraping, grinding, jack hammers, honking, and beeping, along with more emergency vehicles.
31. I remain under constant anxiety since the announcement of the new plans to move forward on this project. I cannot concentrate on my work and other matters. I am having sleepless nights. And I am spending time researching the all the aspects of impact due to this project.
32. My house is now unmarketable due to the announcement of the widening. If I HAD to sell my home or did not think I could withstand the construction nightmares, I would be trapped. Finally, I could not relocate without selling my home, which is now impossible without giving it away.
33. I am reluctant to improve and continue any maintenance to my home and yard because of uncertainty in the market, and concerns during construction.
1. What happens along Perkins Road to the lane dedicated for the Perkins Road Westbound onramp? We are not interested in widening Perkins Road, so where will that lane end?
2. I am concerned that the I-10 widening and changes will bring more vehicles through Dalrymple area with the closure of Perkins Road Exit. More vehicles will now be exiting at Dalrymple to access Perkins Road, instead of backtracking at Acadian, which by the way handles the amount of traffic nicely at this time. And more vehicles will be exiting at Dalrymple when East bound traffic is at a standstill since the ease of Perkins Road Exit will no longer be an option. Joggers, walkers and bikers are already dodging vehicles all day long around City Park due to inadequate paths, that are either nonexistent, or at road level.
3. I am concerned that the addition of the East Bound onramp at Dalrymple will bring more vehicles through Dalrymple/City Park area. If traffic is backed up at I-10 when drivers are approaching Dalrymple, they will be speeding through the lake are to get to Perkins Road. And then Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway will now be congested.
4. Currently Acadian Thruway traffic flows nicely. Closing Perkins Road exit and onramp will congest Acadian Thruway.
5. Drivers are given the right of way around and through City Park. Changes to that should be made. There is little respect given to the pedestrians, joggers and bikers, especially with the changes of on and off ramps in the area.
6. Speed restrictions should be made and enforced in the underlying areas where changes are being made to the I-10 corridor, especially where there is more pedestrian activity. This includes Dalrymple, East Lakeshore and Perkins Road from Broussard all the way to Acadian Thruway.
7. Safety restrictions should be made and enforced in the underlying areas where changes are being made to the I-10 corridor. Drivers are not paying attention to pedestrians, joggers, bikers, mothers with baby strollers, ducks, etc. This includes Dalrymple, East Lakeshore and Perkins Road from Broussard all the way to Acadian Thruway.
Sound wall questions:
1. Removal of the majestic oak trees along Estates Road? As I was told by DOTD representative that the sound wall will be constructed 8 feet from existing chain link fence. There is a significant oak tree in front of my home. Will contractors be taking every precaution to save that tree and any additional trees and foliage outside of that measurement?
2. Can and will the sound wall be erected first so that residents are physically secure and visually secure and protected from the 170,000 drivers, construction workers, debris, dust and additional noise from construction every single day and night over the many years of construction? I am extremely concerned for my safety and wellbeing of the neighbors and families that live within 50-75 feet from I-10 corridor that runs alongside of Estates Road.
3. I received some confliction information on the back side of the wall. Who will be maintaining this? I hear DOTD then I hear the home owners, please advise.
Landscape and Architectural improvement questions:
1. Importance of maintaining the character of this beautiful historic part of Baton Rouge. Many of us purchased or built homes to live in this are because of its historic beauty, we are not looking to change it into something else.
2. Is there a study being done for the population of pedestrians, bikers and vehicle use to justify expense in the beautification project at the different locations?
3. Improvements under I-10 at Dalrymple and E.Lakeshore were not considered in the designs at the focus group meeting on May 14, 2018. There are more passage than I know of the other areas that were mentioned at the meeting
4. Also, improvements under I-10 at Christian Street were not considered in the designs at the focus group meeting on May 14, 2018.
23-29- Reasonable and Feasible noise barriers will be constructed as part of the project. We do not yet know if there will be any pile driving on the project. DOTD has a policy for monitoring vibrations during pile driving with specific procedures for documenting adjacent structures before and after pile driving activities. Generally, regular construction activities for roadways typically do not cause vibrations that rise to the level of property damage. In the event property owners feel they are experiencing damaging vibrations during construction, they can contact the Project Engineer and ask that it be investigated. A “Vibration Complaint Form” is available to the property owner(s) for such occurrences and can be obtained via the office of the Project Engineer as necessary. 30 and 31- We appreciate your comment and indicate that the duration of construction in your area will be less than the total project time-frame. Please refer to other responses to alleviate your concerns. 32-DOTD hires licensed appraisers to appraise properties. We cannot speculate as to the value of your current home. 33-As the project is presently in the planning stages, we would suggest continuing to maintain your property in the way you do now. Other concerns: 1-DOTD is seeking input on context senstive solutions for the Perkins Road ramp area. Concepts moving forward should be available for review during the public hearing. 2-7 – A traffic study is being complete for this project. The study will be appended to the Environmental Assessment and can be reviewed when the draft document is released. Soundwall questions: 1-Trees will be trimmed as needed, impact to significant trees will be avoided as practicable. 2 – Construction sequencing has not yet been confirmed, but it is DOTD’s desire to install approved noise barriers as quickly as possible. Early installation, that is prior to highway construction, will be dependent on the ROW available for construction and how it is constructed. 3-DOTD will maintain noise walls that are within their right-of-way. Landscape/Architecture questions: 1-4 – DOTD presented context senstive solutions concepts during the August public meetings which can be viewed on the project website at www.i10br.com. DOTD continues to accept concepts for consideration.