TV Coverage

Fox 13 News coverage of our opposition to UDOT's proposed noise wall on I-80.
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KSL News coverage of our opposition to UDOT's proposed noise wall on I-80.
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KSL News coverage: Group says UDOT didn't poll all residents for I-80 sound wall in Summit County
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Radio Coverage

KPCW coverage of 3200 Foot Noise Wall Planned For I-80 Near Jeremy Ranch Opposed By Citizens Group
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Newspaper Coverage

Park Record: Construction on Summit County’s first noise wall begins, despite continued pushback.
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Salt Lake Tribune Letter: Why must we sue to get the truth from UDOT?
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CATW Newsletter: Request for Verification from UDOT

CATW has demonstrated that UDOT is in violation of state law and federal guidelines.  This is documented throughout the CATW website (citizensagainatthewall.org).

 UDOT merely claims they are adhering to policy; take our word for it.

 CATW has specifically requested that UDOT provide written documentation to verify compliance.

UDOT has been unwilling and unable to provide any verification.

The following are the points that CATW asked UDOT to verify regarding UDOT Noise Policy Reasonableness Requirements:

UDOT Noise Policy has four reasonableness factors that collectively must be achieved for a noise abatement measure to be considered "reasonable".  Failure to achieve any of these factors will result in the noise abatement measure being deemed not reasonable and therefore not included in the project.

Noise Abatement Design Goal.  This factor is met as at least 35% of the front row receptors (4 out of 6) will received a noise level reduction of 7dBA or greater.

Cost Effectiveness.  This factor is not met under any circumstances.  The 18 foot high wall proposal fails because the cost per benefited receptor is $40,000 which exceeds the maximum allowable cost per benefited receptor of $30,000, if in fact there are 24 benefited receptors as UDOT claims.  But there are 7 residents that only achieve a 4dBA reduction and therefore are not benefited receptors.  Eliminating these 7 receptors, the cost per benefited receptor soars to $60,000 per benefited receptor.  The berm/wall proposal also fails because the total cost of $1,313,072 exceeds the maximum allowable cost of $1,154,280.

UDOT has been going ahead because they claim they meet the combined allowance for recreation and residential.  However, there is no provision in UDOT Noise Policy, the Utah Administrative Code (UAC) or the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 772) that allows for or even mentions a combined cost allowanceFailure to cite specific language in UDOT Noise Policy, the Utah Administrative Code and 23 CFR 772 that permits or even mentions combined cost allowance for land use activity categories B and C would confirm UDOT is not in compliance with state or federal law.

View Points of Property Owners and Residents.  This factor is not met as the policy requires that two groups be balloted.  The two groups are "benefited receptors" and "receptors that border or that are directly adjacent, or both, to the end of the proposed noise wall that are not, by definition, benefited by the wall, will be allowed to cast a ballot".  The second group, residents in Jeremy Pointe, was denied their right to vote. The residents of Jeremy Pointe own the land along Hidden Cove Road as their eastern boundary and along Rasmussen Road as their southern boundary.  Jeremy Pointe borders and is directly adjacent to the end of the proposed noise wall and by definition is not benefited by it.

Failure to cite specific language in UDOT Noise Policy that justifies the fact that the residents of Jeremy Pointe were denied their right to vote confirms UDOT is not in compliance with UDOT Noise Policy.

Noise Abatement Measures.  This factor is not met as the provision states, "The following abatement measure may be considered …..Noise walls."   There is no provision in UDOT Noise Policy for a berm/wall combination.

Failure to cite specific language that permits or even mentions the permissible use of a berm/wall combination as an eligible noise barrier would confirm UDOT is not in compliance with UDOT Noise Policy.
Three out of the four reasonableness factors are not met. Therefore, as stated in UDOT Noise Policy, "failure to achieve any of these factors will result in the noise abatement measure being deemed not reasonable and therefore not included in the project."

Again, UDOT has been unable and unwilling to produce written documentation to verify compliance.


Press Release

Media Contact:
Hilary Reiter
Redhead Marketing & PR
435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com
www.citizensagainstthewall.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2018

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DENIES ELIGIBLE VOTERS THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON
PROPOSED I-80 NOISE WALL IN SUMMIT COUNTY

Local Activist Group Continues Its Appeals to UDOT and Governor Herbert

PARK CITY, UTAH – As the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) moves forward on plans for
its proposed, 3,200-foot long sound wall on I-80 from Parley’s Summit to Jeremy Ranch,
homeowners excluded from the balloting process are now petitioning Governor Herbert. Residents
of Jeremy Pointe were denied the right to vote despite being in closer proximity to the highway
than the homeowners behind the Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club who were invited to cast votes.
According to UDOT, the existing noise level for some of these homes is as high as 70 dBA, well
above the UDOT noise abatement criteria (NAC) of 66 dBA.

“It is disappointing enough that UDOT has ignored the concerns of the majority of the residents in
the area, but it is a violation of state law to deny eligible voters their right to vote,” explains Tom
Farkas, one of the founding members of Citizens Against the Wall. “Not only has UDOT committed
this egregious violation, but they did so in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”

This right to vote is in complete accordance with UDOT’s policy requirements, which provides:
UDOT Noise Policy C.2.c.1, Balloting b) "Receptors that border or that are directly adjacent, or both,
to the end of a proposed noise wall that are not, by definition, benefited by the wall, will be allowed
to cast a ballot.”

Dan Bass, President of the Jeremy Pointe Homeowners Association and a founding member of
CATW, says, “UDOT should abide by its own rules given the other residents who voted were
required to do so. We have suggested alternative, more effective methods of noise mitigation to
UDOT, but they are proceeding with the project, taking down wildlife fencing, and have given no
indication that any other noise measures will be used.”

The proposed noise barrier would be 17 to 20 feet in height and approximately 3,200 feet long,
which would impact the views of many while detracting from the scenic beauty and open space
visitors and locals have long appreciated when entering Summit County.

UDOT balloted only two-dozen Jeremy Ranch homeowners, while the greater community, including
these 24 residents, would be adversely impacted by a permanent visual stain on the area’s natural
beauty.

For more info, visit www.citizensagainstthewall.org.

Members of CATW are available for media comment. Please contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR to schedule interviews, Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com or 435.901.2071.

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Media Coverage

Park Record Article

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Press Release

Media Contact:
Hilary Reiter
Redhead Marketing & PR
435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com
www.citizensagainstthewall.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2018

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NON COMPLIANT WITH ITS OWN POLICIES FOR PROPOSED NOISE WALL ON I-80 IN SUMMIT COUNTY
 

Local Activist Group Outlines Numerous Reasons for Opposition

PARK CITY, UTAH – Following nearly one year of meetings with UDOT, local citizens, and county and state officials to highlight serious concerns over UDOT’s proposed noise wall along Interstate 80 in Summit County, a group of citizens, known as Citizens Against the Wall (CATW), has launched a website to announce various, concrete reasons for its opposition. Most notably, they cite UDOT’s non compliance with many of its own policies when it comes to costs associated with proposed noise barriers (noise wall or berm/wall combination) and the balloting process that was conducted. The proposed noise barrier would be 17 to 20 feet in height and approximately 3,200 feet long, which would impact the views of many while greatly detracting the scenic beauty and open space visitors and locals have long appreciated when entering Summit County. Engineers have
determined that the noise increase calling for the noise wall is only one decibel, a level that is not perceptible to the human ear. The proposed barrier, taller than the 12 foot Berlin Wall and the average height of noise walls throughout the state, consists of a recreational section in front

“A maximum of only two dozen residents, who were balloted by UDOT, would benefit from a miniscule noise reduction while the greater community, including these 24 homeowners, would be adversely impacted by a permanent visual stain on the area’s natural beauty,” says Norm Schwartz, a CATW founding member.

Tom Farkas, another founding member adds, “Moreover, UDOT has violated several of its own policies during the process, and Governor Herbert’s staff claims there is nothing they can do about it.”

The berm/wall combination is not a permissible noise barrier in Utah, according to UDOT’s  Noise Policy. It does not meet the reasonable cost criteria and does not qualify for balloting. In addition, UDOT did the balloting incorrectly by denying eligible residents the right to vote. Just as the two separate land use activity categories must be evaluated as separate noise barriers, the balloting must be separate for each wall section. Basic mathematic analysis demonstrates UDOT is not meeting its own cost criteria to justify the expense of building such a noise wall. Calculations are detailed here:  www.citizensagainstthewall.org/udot-wall-cost-violation

Dan Bass, also a CATW founding member, comments, “The vast majority of neighboring residents oppose the wall construction for many reasons that include unsightliness and creating a negative first impression for all those entering and leaving Summit County. The topography also does not lend itself well to a noise barrier because homes on the hillside will not experience any noise reduction whatsoever. UDOT has failed to demonstrate that there may be more homes that are adversely affected than those supposedly benefited. We have proposed alternative solutions, such as the use of an appropriate asphalt-based mix that incorporates both durability and noise dampening characteristics.” 

CATW urges UDOT to be more forthcoming with those being balloted about the realities of the noise wall, publicly admit that it has violated several of its own policies, and abandon its plan. If UDOT fails to comply, CATW is asking that Governor Herbert exert his oversight and regulate this state agency and hold it accountable to its own rules and regulations.

For more info, visit www.citizensagainstthewall.org.

Members of CATW are available for media comment. Please contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR to schedule interviews, Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com or 435.901.2071.

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