Noise walls - also referred to as sound walls - may be installed as a part of the I-290 reconstruction project. In October 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will announce a series of public forums along the I-290 Corridor to provide Oak Park residents and others living along the roadway with an opportunity to discuss specific details of proposed noise walls. IDOT will provide information about noise levels, what a noise wall could potentially look like and their exact locations and heights.
Noise testing is being conducted to determine existing and future noise levels along I-290. Where noise impacts are expected to occur, IDOT will evaluate whether walls are both effective at reducing noise and cost effective. Residents of properties along the Eisenhower that would benefit from having a wall will be invited to the October meetings. In some locations, neighboring homes one or two properties away from I-290 also may benefit from having a wall.
After the October meetings, residents of the properties that would benefit from a wall – whether owners or renters – will be asked to vote their support or opposition to having a noise wall constructed. The outcome of the vote will determine whether or not noise walls will be constructed in the qualifying areas as part of the I-290 reconstruction project. It is possible that some areas of Oak Park may vote for a noise wall, while others vote against a noise wall. The outcome will depend on voting results for each individual wall location.