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Hey, what's that Interstate doing in my backyard?

You know this story was gonna happen. We've seen it with the Greensboro Loop, and now with the recent opening of part of the Charlotte Outer Loop - a story like this pops up again.

Residents in Northwestern Mecklenburg County are surprised that Interstate 485 is in their backyard!

The homeowner, who moved into his home in 2003, is shocked that the six lane freeway is only 30 yards from his backyard. When he bought the home, he knew I-485 was coming, but he was told that it would be about a half mile away.

The resident contacted NCDOT asking for a sound wall, but since the subdivision was planned and built after the initial I-485 plans were made public in 1992, NCDOT is not obligated to put up the noise and visual barriers.

NCDOT will do it...if the neighborhood can come up with $1 million. Guess it's time for a lot of bake sales, garage sales, and lemonade stands.

OR a lot of dense foliage being bought by the residents of that subdivision.

Story: Homeowners: We didn't know I-485 was coming ---WCNC.com w/video

Comments

John Spafford said…
Yeah, people are idiots. I live fairly close to McChord AFB which is a major MAC base and home to a squadron of C-17's. People will move into the area and complain about the noise. When it's pointed out to them that the air base has been around a lot longer than there homes, they say stupid things like, "Well, I didn't think the planes would make so much noise."

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