New bypass, same frustrations for some Leland residents

Two months after the I-140 bypass opened, neighbors in Windsor Park said their noise and safety concerns have been validated. (Source: WECT)
Two months after the I-140 bypass opened, neighbors in Windsor Park said their noise and safety concerns have been validated. (Source: WECT)

LELAND, NC (WECT) - Neighbors in Leland are calling on developers to build a noise abatement wall off I-140 in an attempt to lower the traffic noise and keep people safe.

"(The Department of Transportation) says it's the developer's problem," James Graves, a resident in Windsor Park, said. "The developer doesn't even want to comment or says it's DOT's problem and the neighbors are the ones taking the brunt of the force."

Residents first voiced their concerns to WECT in February 2017, months before construction on the I-140 bypass finished. The bypass has been open to traffic for nearly two months.

Neighbors living next to the bypass said their concerns are now validated.

"It's real bedlam down here," Graves said. "Today is a low traffic day. We are still hearing it, just not as bad but come June, July and August, it is going to be 10 times as many people on the road."

A spokesperson with the North Carolina DOT said the traffic noise abatement policy doesn't require a wall to be built.

In short, the DOT won't do it and said the H.O.A or developer can build the wall if they want.

"To me, it's just poor planning," Mike Knight, a neighbor who lives next to the freeway, said. "Love the highway but it's poor planning when it comes to putting the noise wall up or some kind of safety barrier."

Pyramid Building Homes Inc., the neighborhood's developer, has not responded to our requests for comment. We called twice and were told a representative with the developer was unavailable. Our email request for comment has also not been returned.

"Just come to a solution. Anything is better than nothing," Graves said.

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