TROY, Mich., April 12, 2023 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced the results of a study showing that two sections of the I-75 corridor in Troy are eligible for the construction of sound walls. This study was conducted after years of advocacy from Troy residents whose quality of life is affected by louder noise. MDOT has said that in addition to the $4 million already appropriated for the construction of the sound walls, it will need at least $10 million more to build both walls. As a result of this study, state Rep. Sharon MacDonell (D-Troy) issued the following statement:
“This is an issue that is important to hundreds, if not thousands, of people in my community who are enduring loud highway noise seeping into their yards and even their homes. My predecessor, former state Rep. Padma Kuppa — along with current state Sen. Mallory McMorrow — was able to earmark $300,000 for the sound study. They also raised $4 million in state funding toward the sound wall construction.
“Now, I will do everything I can to build on the progress they made and secure the dollars we need to begin the project. Our residents have made their voices heard, I look forward to partnering with state Sen. Mike Webber and state Rep. Tom Kuhn, who also represent the district, to explore all possible avenues to get the funding we need in order to solve this issue for our community.
“I was a long-time activist in Troy before I was elected, and I will continue to advocate for the betterment of my district and support policies that will ensure every member of our community will be able to live happily and healthily.”