Councillors Seeking Mass DOT to Install Route 1 Sound Barriers

February 15, 2018

For years the abutters of Route 1 have put up with the noise from millions of cars, and now some city councillors want to have Mayor Brian Arrigo contact the MassDOT to install barriers along Route 1 between Route 16 and Copeland Circle.

Ward 5 Councillor Charles Patch, Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe and Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna teamed up on a motion at last last week’s council meeting. Patch said he and the late Councillor Robert Haas Jr. tried to get barriers installed in 2011 and received no response.

“We should get more respect from the state and federal government,” Patch said..

Keefe noted that more affluent communities are often granted sound barriers.

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky pointed out that Saugus got barriers along Route 1 installed along a new ball field.

“It’s a quality-of-life issue,” he said.

Barriers are easily seen along the Massachusetts Turnpike, stretches of Route 95 in Topsfield, Boxford and Rowley.

  • Karl Warren

    So, install sound barriers along US 1. I want to know what has changed since the 50’s when at one point my Mom’s house she grew up in was on the path for the new expressway. It is not like you don’t know there is not a highway there. It has been there since I was born at Grover Manor Hospital. This is people not wanting to live with choices. Same as those that buy near Airports and then complain about the noise.

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