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Who benefits from sound walls?


They are appearing over many more miles of local highway, huge walls to block noise from neighborhoods.

But has the intent been twisted to benefit a few?

Sound barriers put up along I-90 in Euclid, more tax dollars going down... down the drain.  And this isn't the first time the money had been spent along this exact stretch of road.

In the past, we've had to deal with rusty steel and concrete that crumbled.  The original walls simply couldn't stand up to Ohio's winters.

"Obviously there's disappointment.  Many of these walls were expected to last 20 years.  We got close to 15," said Jackie Schafer with ODOT.

At least in Euclid there are some homes near the highway.  But a wall going up in Independence at Pleasant Valley, they're blocking sounds from reaching a wooded area.

Who benefits from that? We'll tell you, whoever owns that land. With the walls up the property becomes more desirable and more valuable for housing.

In place after place we saw walls on a roadway with woods on the other side.

Back in 2007 we pointed out a couple places where the walls didn't make a lot of sense.  In Linndale, perfectly good trees, pear, maple and sugar maple trees, natural sound barriers, were butchered so that millions of dollars of fiberglass walls could be build.

We asked one resident near walls what they thought, "Yes it's noisy. Even with the walls. Yes. Wake you up at night. Yes," said Cherice Gaston.

Probably the biggest waste of money is off of I-71.  Millions more spent building walls around the CMHA Riverside property.  That property is  in the flight path to the airport.

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