The Saint Paul City Council approved a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) on March 17 to build a sound wall along the south side of I-94 between Prior and Fairview avenues.

The city will pay for 10 percent of the cost of the sound wall, which has a total price tag of $974,578. The state will direct and supervise construction, and the agreement gives the city the right to weigh in on the project and the construction contract. It also allows the city to perform maintenance work adjacent to the wall, such as vegetation control and graffiti abatement.

Sound walls in the Merriam Park neighborhood have been controversial in the past. There has also been debate on whether sound walls are effective in reducing freeway noise.

The project recently won approval from MnDOT’s Metro District Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program. The intent is to build the wall during the current construction season.

   

— Jane McClure

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