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Missing sound wall between SR237 and Persian Drive on Fair Oaks exit

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  • Currently, sound wall extends all the way between Persian Drive and SR 237, but only a small patch near Fair Oaks exit has been missed out.
  • This small patch covers residential communities - Traditions and Solaire.
  • The residents are exposed to high decibel sound from trucks, motor bikes and cars driving at fast speeds on SR 237.
  • These decibel levels reach to 70-80 db at peak and an average of 50-60 db persists 24x7 from continuous moving traffic.
  • Generally, the recommended residential background noise is around 40 db.
  • Continuous exposure to high db sound could lead to a health hazard. Also, there are other disadvantages with residents not able to open living room and bedroom windows and not having enough fresh air in their homes.
  • The sound wall also helps reduce particulate pollution (road grime/dirt).

Previous efforts

  • In 1997 California enacted Senate Bill 45 (SB-45) which gave control of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to regional agencies.
  • In response to this, the Valley Transportation Plan 2020 (VTP2020) established a Sound Barrier Program.
  • On Nov 6, 2003 the VTA Board adopted project eligibility and evaluation for the SB Program.
  • A call-for-projects to the cities/County included the sound wall at the Fair Oaks exit between 237 and Persian Dr. A study was conducted and findings provided to the VTA Board on 02 June, 2011.
  • Project for the sound wall described in this petition was #48 and was incorrectly denied due to the reason - 'existing sound wall’.

Further action:

  • Denying the construction of a wall because of an already existing sound wall was obviously an error on VTA’s behalf. Because, no such wall exists right now.
  • So, we are trying to gather your support through this petition, approach VTA and get the error rectified.
In interest of the affected residents in these communities, your support will send out a strong message and help us get the necessary approvals.
I earnestly request you to show your support and sign this petition.

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