August 18, 2022 - Milepost 312 to Milepost 316 Noise Wall Design Survey Results
The ashlar stone style in gray or beige was the overwhelming choice of residents who participated in a survey the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission conducted during the summer. The survey results provided guidance on what texture and color treatments were preferred by Chester County residents who own properties where noise walls are proposed as part of the Milepost 312-316 Reconstruction Project.
The noise wall design survey asked residents to choose from four architectural treatment options — ashlar stone, grape stake, ship lap, and fuzzy rake – and four color options – tan, brown, gray, and beige. To maximize participation in the survey, the Commission accepted responses by mail and online for a thirty day period from July to August.
Over 80 people participated in the survey. More than 90 percent were in support of a noise barrier being built near their property or residence. Four people had no opinion or rejected the noise barrier but provided their wall design preferences (they are included in the following counts). Color and texture responses and properties were organized by noise study area (NSA): NSA-4 or NSA-5.
Ashlar stone was preferred by slightly more that 70 percent of NSA-4 respondents, followed by fuzzy rake at 19 percent, ship lap at eight percent, and grape stake at two percent. The beige color option was favored by 44 percent of NSA-4 respondents, with gray chosen by 25 percent, brown by 21 percent, and tan by 10 percent. Ashlar stone received slightly more that 70 percent of NSA-5 votes, followed by fuzzy rake at 16 percent, grape stake at 10 percent, and ship lap at three percent. The gray color option was favored by 42 percent of NSA-5 respondents, with beige chosen by 29 percent, tan by 16 percent, and brown by 13 percent.
Noise abatement walls were determined to be warranted in two areas in the I-76 Milepost 311.60 to Milepost 316.19 project in Chester County based on collected noise measurements and analysis performed by the Commission’s project consultants to predict future noise levels. The Commission is moving to have the noise walls installed as part of the mainline reconstruction project, which is expected to get fully underway in early-second-quarter 2023.