July 29, 1990 |
Crum Lynne residents will be looking at some color and texture samples soon for a long-awaited neighborhood construction project. Two 1,200-foot-long sound barriers are scheduled to be erected next spring along I-95 after a 13-year lobbying effort by residents of the tiny community. Approval was granted in January 1989, according to Ridley Township manager Anne Howanski. Color and texture samples of the types of sound barriers were delivered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation last week and will be made available for residents to choose from, Commissioner Chick Peticca announced at the commissioners' meeting Wednesday night.
January 22, 1996 |
For more than 10 years, at countless meetings, Bill Simpkin has lobbied PennDot and other government officials and agencies to put sound barriers along the strip of Interstate 95 that runs past his neighborhood and roars with traffic 24 hours a day. Now, Simpkin and some of his neighbors, whose voices seem to rise to a scream whenever they discuss the sound barriers, say they are ready to close I-95 to get action. "I'm the one who said we should stop all of the traffic," Simpkin said as afternoon commuters whizzed by his neighborhood, 100 yards away.
August 13, 1992 |
The shoulder of I-95 north through the marsh in Tinicum Township was abuzz Thursday night with about 35 township residents rallying with signs and American flags for the construction of sound barriers along that stretch of highway. A rush of cars and trucks cruised by, horns honking as residents held signs that read: "Welcome to Tinicum, the noisiest town in Delaware County. To Gov. Casey and PennDot: We need sound barriers now. " Ed Jurewicz, a Tinicum resident who made the signs, said he was disappointed in the local politicians.
May 3, 2000 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation yesterday announced a $5 million project to construct sound barriers along two sections of the Route 309 Expressway. The 8- to 16-foot-high noise barriers will be placed along the south side of the highway between Paper Mill and Church Roads in Springfield and from just north of Butler Pike to just south of Norristown Road in Lower Gwynedd and Upper Dublin Townships. The walls, funded by $4 million in federal funds and $1 million from the state, will be erected in 2002 and 2003 during the planned $160 million reconstruction of the 10-mile expressway, said Andrew Warren, PennDot district administrator.
November 5, 1996 |
The township Board of Supervisors is not about to change its long-held stance on the Route 202 bypass proposal. It supports it. It has said it supports it. It has been saying so since 1987. That does not mean three hours of appeals from nearly 200 residents fell on deaf ears last week. Many of the concerns of those crowded into last Tuesday's special supervisors' meeting may be translated into a formal township resolution introduced here last night. The supervisors say they still strongly support the bypass - a 13.8-mile highway that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says would alleviate congestion on Route 202. Taking a cue from the residents at last week's meeting, however, board Chairman John T. Carson introduced a resolution that would urge PennDot to install sound barriers along the highway.
April 22, 2001 |
PennDot engineers preparing final design plans for a wider Route 202 between the Exton Bypass and North Valley Road have crucial decisions to make in the next six months. They will have to determine which areas will get sound barriers and which will have to coexist with the around-the-clock din of traffic. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has identified a dozen areas along the 6.3-mile stretch as eligible, but township officials and residents want more. At a community meeting tomorrow at Great Valley Middle School, highway officials will discuss how decisions about sound barriers are made.
February 19, 1987 |
The Lower Merion school board has hired an architect to redesign Merion School, renovated for open classrooms in 1970, as a more traditional school. The board hired Dagit-Saylor Architects of Philadelphia on Monday night to conduct a study of the school on Bowman Avenue. The construction of walls and sound barriers will be considered. The firm also will examine how to improve heating and ventilation in the building. The study is expected to cost up to $10,000. "We have been moving away from the open-school concept in the last five to six years," said Merion principal Marvin Gold.
August 28, 1988 |
Construction of the Blue Route at the intersection of Eagle and Springfield Roads in Springfield has created problems for educators next door at Cardinal O'Hara High School. To mitigate problems with noise and air pollution, air conditioning and sound barriers have been installed at the school. And to alleviate traffic concerns, temporary roadways have been built. "The windows of the side of the building where construction is taking place have been sealed off and air conditioning installed to minimize the air and noise pollution to our students and faculty," said Robert Palestini, superintendent of schools for the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
March 21, 1996 |
Edith Fisher has lived in her Fishtown home for 11 years. And "lived" may be a stretch. "Dirt, noise, my house shakes, the windows rattle, the walls vibrate," she said from her house on Palmer Street near Delaware Avenue. "If I'm sitting on the couch in the sitting room, and the trucks go by, the walls vibrate. They rattle. It's so bad. " The problem Edith and her firefighter husband, Bob, have looms large above them: Interstate 95. Homeowners from Northern Liberties to Wissinoming had all been promised barrier insulation and more in a $2 billion so-called intermodal mobility project.
June 26, 1988 |
Leo Rosenberg loves Sunday mornings. On Sunday mornings, he likes to take his coffee to the patio and listen to the silence. Because on Monday mornings - around 4 a.m., to be exact - the Cherry Hill resident will awaken to the drone of high-speed trucks and semi- trailers on Interstate 295, just behind his home in Barclay Farms. It's been that way for eight years, ever since Rosenberg moved to what he thought was a peaceful suburban community. Although his wife, Cheryl, seems to have adjusted to it and his three teenagers just ignore it, Rosenberg said, "I've never gotten used to it. . . . "The noise is intense," said Rosenberg, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army and associate vice president at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden.