Meeting held over Greensboro Urban Loop noise walls

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Dozens of residents voiced their concerns about plans to build noise walls along the next phase of Greensboro’s urban loop Monday night.

“That definitely is going to have an impact with all the particles and all the dust that comes from the road and the noise,” said one resident.

The four-inch thick, stone walls would block out noise along the next phase of the project -- a three-mile stretch from Battleground Avenue to Lawndale Drive.

About 600 homeowners could be affected by noise from the six-lane freeway.

Some residents say they only way to keep the noise out is to build the sound barriers.

“The road there is loud now,” said Christine Wood, a resident. “I’m hoping that it will be built so that it reduces the current noise and so that it won’t have such a big impact on my house.”

Department of Transportation officials say the walls would be anywhere from four to 27 feet high and would cost $6 million to build.

Officials expect to start building the next leg of the project in 2017.

The entire 44-mile loop is expected to be built by 2021.

The next step is for residents to vote on whether to build the walls.

Ballots will be mailed to residents within the next few days.