Caltrans Noise Abatement Freeway Study


The majority of NELA neighborhoods and recreation spaces along the River run parallel to the 5 Freeway and are intersected by the 2 Freeway. The natural sounds of wildlife, scenic views, and recreation space draw residents and visitors alike. However, the sound pollution resulting from a high density of vehicles often limit the experience.

We recommend Caltrans conduct a noise abatement study in order to consider the possible construction of noise barriers, such as better sound walls, that will reduce the impact of noise from the freeways. Furthermore, with the future ecological restoration of the area and future park development in the area, Caltrans should be encouraged to consider noise abatement strategies that will lessen the sound from the Freeways, especially for residents and visitors adjacent to the recreational space along the Riverfront.

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