Edwards interchange noise to be studied
EDWARDS, Colorado ” The Colorado Department of Transportation is studying whether the Edwards interchange project will make the area noisier.
Thanks to money from President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan, work could start this fall on a new Interstate 70 interchange in Edwards. The $11 million project will include four roundabouts, a highway underpass and 8-foot-wide sidewalks along most of the new roadway.
Design of the new interchange started in 2006 and a noise study the transportation department then concluded that I-70, not the interchange area, caused most of the noise. Because I-70 wasn’t part of the Edwards project, the transportation department concluded building any kind of noise barrier was not a practical solution.
The department is updating the noise study because the project has changed slightly since 2006, said CDOT engineer Martha Miller.
Lowering the speed limit on the highway in that area to 65 mph to decrease noise will also be discussed, but isn’t a likely option, Miller said.
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“We have looked at that before and we promised to keep it on the radar,” she said.
The new noise study will be completed in July and is something the transportation department needs to finish before it can seek bids for the project.