The Arizona Department of Transportation will hold two meetings this week to gain public comment on the height of sound walls along the Santan Freeway between Arizona Avenue and Gilbert Road in Chandler.
ADOT spokesman Matt Burdick said the agency is offering the public two sound wall height options along the third section of Loop 202 to weave through Chandler.
The first open meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. today in the computer lab at Ecotech Agricultural Charter School, 12221 E. Pecos Road, just east of McQueen Road. A second meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center Conference Room 144 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler.
Burdick said the options are to build the sound walls ranging in height from 16 to 20 feet or to build lower sound walls ranging in height from 8 to 14 feet. Either way, Burdick said ADOT will pave the freeway with rubberized asphalt.
"We want to get feedback from the neighborhoods adjacent to the future freeway," Burdick said. "We’re going out to give them a say in the process instead of someone else making all of the decisions for them."
Burdick said either wall option will provide noise levels of 64 decibels or less in adjacent neighborhoods, meeting ADOT’s noise policy standards. Federal standards require that freeways produce less than 67 decibels of noise in adjacent neighborhoods.
"Sixty-four decibels is about the sound of normal conversation with someone 3 feet away," Burdick said. "What we’re trying to achieve is a situation where people can enjoy their back yards without having to scream over the noise of traffic."
Burdick said the first section of the Santan Freeway through Chandler from Interstate 10 east to Loop 101, which has wall heights ranging from 16 to 20 feet, is scheduled to open in late November. He said the majority of the walls along the second section of the freeway from Loop 101 east to Arizona Avenue will be between 17 and 20 feet high.
For more information, contact Jim Romero of ADOT at (602) 712-7545 or