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NH Highway Expansion Project Brings Sound Wall Dispute



    NH Highway Sound Wall Dispute

    The ongoing expansion of a highway is bringing some unexpected feedback from drivers.

    (Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019)

    In Dover, New Hampshire, one resident says he is tired of listening to his neighbors.

    "It's tough to hear, and even with my bad hearing, I can hear them," said Sam Bittner of Dover Point Road.

    Bittner lives near Pomeroy Cove, about 40 yards from the Spaulding Turnpike, which is about to expand from four lanes to eight.

    "Time-wise, we're not even at 2 o'clock yet, and the noise is already there without the barriers," said Bittner.

    The barriers going up will help block the sound of the 70,000 cars driven by each day.

    The problem is some drivers are upset it also blocks their view of the cove.

    A spokesperson for New Hampshire's Department of Transportation said the barriers have been a part of the highway expansion project for years.

    On Facebook, one person wrote that the barriers are "absolutely horrible." Another wrote their view of the water had been "stolen."

    "Some people want to be able to see the water when they're driving by," said Stanley Whiting. "I always thought that the main rules of the road were to keep your eyes on the road, but some people aren't going to be happy about it."

    The only person we could find on Dover Point Road that doesn't want the wall lives right next to Bittner -- his 94-year-old mother.

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    "I don't like that big wall going across there," said Ilean Bittner. "I love seeing the cars and stuff go by."

    A spokesperson for the department of transportation said the wall should be up by the end of the year.

    Most of the highway project should be finished by 2020.

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