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August 18, 2022  -  Milepost 312 to Milepost 316 Noise Wall Design Survey Results

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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, shiplap, 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 than 70 percent of NSA-4 respondents, followed by fuzzy rake at 19 percent, shiplap 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 than 70 percent of NSA-5 votes, followed by fuzzy rake at 16 percent, grape stake at 10 percent, and shiplap 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.

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Noise Impact Analysis

A Noise Analysis Impact Study for the project was updated in 2016. This report describes the methodology and presents the findings of the traffic noise study conducted for the full-depth reconstruction and widening project for the Milepost 311.60 to Milepost 316.19 project. . Noise impacts were identified in two areas and, upon further consideration, it has been determined that noise walls are a reasonable and feasible noise mitigation tool for these areas. Read the Noise Impact Study report here.

Recommended Sound Barrier Locations

This section provides direct access to the maps that show recommended sound barrier locations throughout the Milepost 311.6-316.19 project area.

Proposed Sound Barrier Location – NSA 4


Proposed Sound Barrier Location – NSA 5



For Further Reading on Noise Impacts

The project team has prepared an informational noise impacts brochure, which includes details about highway noise abatement outreach and processes, and how noise is measured and controlled. Read or download the Noise Impact brochure here.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Releases 2022 Sustainability Report

The report highlights initiatives the Commission is doing toward a sustainable future.

April 20, 2023 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announces the release of its 2022 Sustainability Report. The annual report features the Commission’s 30-year timeline outlining initiatives for the future as well as the progress in making the PA Turnpike ‘America’s First Sustainable Superhighway.’
As part of its continued alignment with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2022 Sustainability Report also details PTC's efforts to safeguard the environment and reduce its carbon footprint along the 550-mile roadway.
“Protecting the environment through sustainability has been a guiding principle,” says PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “In fact, ‘Responsibility Matters’ is one of five core values in our strategic plan, underscoring an ongoing commitment to diversity, integrity, and sustainability in all practices. Heeding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals helps us create programs and initiatives to deliver on our promise of a regenerative future.”
In this year’s report, PTC states its plan to become America’s First Sustainable Superhighway by 2040. These leading initiatives include converting fully to Open Road Tolling (ORT) by 2026 and integrating solar, fiber, inductive charging, connected-vehicle technology, buried electronic transmission lines, and more by 2040—all to increase mobility and traffic flow while reducing the Commission’s carbon footprint.
Selected Highlights from PTC’s 2022 Sustainability Report:
  • Fiber Optic Network: When complete, the 500-mile fiber-optic network will reduce carbon footprint and extend broadband to help close the digital divide in underserved areas along the Turnpike.
  • Pollinator Garden: A pollinator habitat has been cultivated at the Turnpike central office to replace grassy areas with native plants that attract and provide a habitat for insects like bees and butterflies. The outcome is reduced mowing and insecticide use along with lower maintenance costs.
  • Roadside Vegetation: An Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management pilot program offers an environmentally safe maintenance approach to restore native and natural habitats, filter pollution, reduce erosion, and improve ecosystem diversity along the roadside.
  • Wireless EV Charging: Currently in development is a project to charge Electric Vehicles (EVs) as they drive. A method of wireless power transfer called “inductive charging” employs coils embedded in the pavement to create a magnetic field that is ‘picked up’ by a receiver on EVs.
The report includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s ongoing commitment to its employees and the communities they call home. Throughout 2022, PTC and its employees raised more than $28,000 for charities through their State Employee Combined Appeal Campaign, volunteered at several Food Banks across the state, collected supplies and donations to support Ukraine troops, and hosted local female high school students for a STEAM Day.
Click on 2022-ptc-sustainability-report.pdf ( to learn more about the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s sustainability efforts and view the 2022 report.
Editor’s Note: Video soundbites of the report’s highlights can be found by clicking the links below.
Keith Jack, Director of Facilities Operations for the PA Turnpike Commission discusses:
Sustainability Report
EV Charging at the Turnpike
Fiber Optic Project
James Kaiser, Stormwater Management Specialist for the PA Turnpike Commission discusses:
Pollinator Habitat Project
Vegetation Project
Media Contacts:
Kathleen Walter, 267-326-3856
Carl DeFebo, 717-645-2265

Open House Plans Display

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hosted an Open House Plans Display on May 8th, 2014 at Great Valley Middle School, 255 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355. Click on the links below to review the materials presented at the display.

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