NOISE / NOISE BARRIER WALLS
- Ground-mounted noise barrier walls would be constructed before roadway work whenever possible. However, in locations where noise barrier walls would be placed on top of new retaining walls, the roadway work – including the retaining wall – must be constructed first.
- A majority of adjacent property owners benefited by the noise barrier walls proposed for their area must support their construction prior to FDOT moving ahead with installation. Benefited properties will receive a survey via mail. A benefited property owner is one who would receive a reduction in traffic noise of 5 decibels (dB(A)) or more as a result of the noise barrier wall.
- FDOT will perform maintenance, including the cleaning of the proposed noise barrier walls, on an as-needed basis.
- Noise barrier walls are proposed for both sides of the SW 10th Street roadway in locations where they have been deemed reasonable and feasible per the state and federal process used to determine their need. They would be installed if approved by adjacent property owners.
- Select units and residential single-family homes in communities along the SW 10th Street corridor will receive noise surveys from FDOT in the mail. FDOT is required by law to seek input from only the units and property owners that would be benefited by the installation of a noise barrier wall. Units are considered benefited if they are projected to receive at least 5 decibels (dB(A)) of noise reduction from a proposed noise barrier wall system.
- Existing noise levels along the SW 10th Street corridor for residential and non-residential sites range from approximately 45.9 to 71.5 dB(A).
- Projected noise levels along the SW 10th Street corridor will vary from location to location with the completion of the SW 10th Street Connector Project. The design year (2040) traffic noise levels are predicted to range from 49.5 to 76.2 dB(A) without a noise barrier wall.
- Different units along the SW 10th Street corridor would experience different levels of noise reduction from the proposed noise barrier wall system. The proposed noise barrier wall system would provide an average noise reduction ranging from 4.4 to 6.3 dB(A) and a maximum reduction ranging from 9.1 to 14 dB(A).Reductions in traffic noise of 1 to 3 dB(A) are not considered noticeable to most people, while reductions of 5 dB(A) are considered readily noticeable.
- Noise barrier walls have been proposed at locations wherever possible and where there would be reductions of 5 dB(A) or greater. There are barrier-mounted noise barrier walls at locations that meet this criterion.
- All properties that would receive 5 dB(A) or more in noise reduction from the proposed noise barrier walls are considered benefited properties and will receive a noise barrier wall survey.
- Noise barrier walls would be constructed 4 feet from property lines for construction and maintenance purposes.
- The proposed noise barrier wall system contains walls of different heights. Benefited units throughout the proposed noise barrier wall system will receive noise surveys that contain comprehensive information about the walls that would benefit their units. Ground-mounted noise barrier walls are typically 20 to 22 feet tall. Shoulder-mounted noise barrier walls are typically 8 to 14 feet tall.
- The proposed noise barrier walls would not produce heat, as they would be coated with flat paint that does not reflect heat. Noise barrier walls can, however, reduce breeze.
- The aesthetics components of the SW 10th Street Connector Project extend beyond the aesthetics of the proposed noise barrier walls. For a cohesive design throughout the corridor, proposed noise barrier wall aesthetic features are tied into the overall aesthetic design of the corridor, which features other structures such as bridges and retaining walls.
- The proposed noise barrier walls will feature aesthetic enhancements that face the SW 10th Street roadway. The side of the walls that face properties along the corridor will have plain concrete color, and in most cases, will be shielded by existing or proposed landscaping.
- Landscaping and vegetation are proposed only where room exists and where agreements on future maintenance are reached with private landowners, or in some cases, the City of Deerfield Beach. In most cases, there is no room to provide landscaping between the roadway and the noise barrier wall.
- No. If constructed, most would be continuous and provide no exits. The walls are not proposed over existing entrances and would not disrupt any emergency response operations.
- The noise barrier wall surveys will be mailed via certified mail to the identified physical properties and mailing addresses registered to the units identified as benefitted receptors.
- FDOT is currently preparing the Century Village East noise survey, which will be mailed after the Thanksgiving holiday, to maximize the number of residents in south Florida during the winter season.
- Eighty-seven (87) Century Village East units that have been identified as benefited receptors of the proposed noise barrier wall system will receive a noise survey from FDOT.
- The proposed noise barrier walls would be located south of the utility posts, within the FDOT right of way. The existing and proposed power poles along Century Village are inside Century Village right of way, north of the FDOT right of way.
- There are two segments of noise barrier walls being proposed along Century Village East. The first segment is a 22-foot tall, 4,755-foot long, ground-mounted noise barrier wall within the FDOT right-of-way from Quiet Waters Business Park to west of Military Trail. The second segment is an 8-foot tall, 958-foot long, shoulder-mounted noise barrier wall along the proposed outside shoulder of the westbound SW 10th Street connector lanes that will be elevated in the vicinity of Military Trail connecting from I-95. However, these are pending final noise analysis.
- The existing 8-foot privacy wall along Military Trail constructed by Century Village would remain in place.
- If approved via property owner survey by the benefited receptors, noise barrier walls would be installed north of the water that flows throughout Independence Bay, within FDOT right of way.
- Local SW 10th Street will be a four-lane divided roadway. Two of the lanes will flow west-to-east, and two of the lanes will flow east-to-west.
- All existing pedestrian crosswalks along the SW 10th Street corridor will remain, including at Powerline Road, Military Trail, and Newport Center Drive.
- The SW 10th Street connector lanes and local SW 10th Street will run parallel to each other at ground level, except at Military Trail and Powerline Road, where the connector lanes will be elevated. A median and concrete traffic railing will divide the connector lanes from the local lanes.
- As part of this project, bicycle and pedestrian facilities will be incorporated into Local SW 10th Street with a 12-foot-wide shared-use path, which will provide connectivity to all existing local properties and the local roadway network, along the south side of the existing right of way.
- Yes. The two roadways provided as part of the SW 10th Street Connector Project will work together to alleviate traffic congestion in the area, improve operations and safety, and improve emergency evacuation operations.
- All signing and pavement markings will be updated and clearly defined as part of the SW 10th Street Connector Project. Traffic movements along the SW 10th Street corridor will remain similar to how they are today.
- The SW 10th Street Connector Project team is required to keep all local side streets and driveways open throughout construction, with the exception of short-term closures for specific work directly at the crossing points. Access to and from businesses along the SW 10th Street corridor will remain when construction is complete, and any short-term impacts to access will be communicated to businesses and the public in advance.
- No new tolling will be implemented as part of the SW 10th Street Connector Project, and it does not include ramps with the Florida Turnpike mainline. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), which is part of FDOT, is currently conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) from south of US 441 (SR 7) to Powerline Road (SR 845). This separate FDOT project is evaluating potential new ramp connections with the Florida Turnpike mainline and the SW 10th Street connector and local lanes, as well as the Sawgrass Expressway. For further information on this study, please visit the following website: www.floridasturnpike.com/turnpike-projects/featured-projects/sawgrass-expressway/.
- Yes, motorists on the SW 10th Street connector lanes will be able to directly access the northbound and southbound I-95 general purpose and express lanes.
- The proposed ramp over Military Trail connecting eastbound SW 10th Street connector lanes to the eastbound SW 10th Street local lanes will not impact the Palm Trails Plaza.
- Motorists should anticipate congestion and traffic delays during the construction of the SW 10th Street Connector Project. Short-term closures and detours are also anticipated and will be communicated in advance.
Prior to the construction, FDOT will install technology along the following arterial roadways around the SW 10th Street Corridor:
- Sample Road
- US Highway 441
- US Highway 1
- Powerline Road
- Dixie Highway
- West Hillsboro Boulevard
FDOT’s Road Rangers will be available 24/7 to help stranded motorists and remove disabled vehicles from travel lanes. These inconveniences will be temporary, and will result in a safer, less congested corridor and improve the quality of life for the residents of the region.
- The volume of traffic on Powerline Road is not expected to change as a result of the SW 10th Street Connector Project, and the project will create an improved driving experience along Powerline Road near SW 10th Street. The addition of the connector lanes will alleviate traffic on local SW 10th Street because regional motorists would be given an option to avoid local SW 10th Street. This will shorten the amount of time motorists on Powerline Road will have to wait to cross the intersection of Powerline Road and local SW 10th Street. The connector lanes will also be elevated at Powerline Road, which will allow traffic on the connector lanes to bypass Powerline Road and vice versa.
- The SW 10th Street connector lanes and local SW 10th Street will be separated by a concrete-barriered median that will prevent motorists from connecting between the two.
- The SW 10th Street Connector Project will provide two roadways: First, the SW 10th Street connector lanes, which will improve regional connectivity by connecting the Sawgrass Expressway with I-95. Second, local SW 10th Street will become a “Complete Street” that will incorporate a shared-use path and provide connectivity to all existing local properties and the local roadway network. The two roadways will work together to alleviate traffic congestion along the SW 10th Street corridor, improve operations and safety, and improve emergency evacuation operations. Traffic volumes are projected to be reduced significantly on local SW 10th Street since there is such a high volume of traffic using SW 10th Street today as a regional major highway connector. Providing the connector lanes will allow FDOT to serve both the regional long-distance traffic that use the facility today and continue to separately serve local traffic that is seeking access to/from the local businesses and residential properties within the corridor.
- No. All motorists will be permitted access to the SW 10th Street connector lanes.
- The SW 10th Street Connector Project is currently in the design phase and will move to the construction phase in late 2024, early 2025.
- FDOT will use public feedback gathered as part of the September 19, 2022, aesthetics charrette to improve the aesthetics of the SW 10th Street corridor in ways that represent the diverse and unique communities it serves. FDOT is also hosting a public meeting on November 14, 2022 (in-person), so the community and stakeholders throughout the region may learn more about the project. The virtual public meeting scheduled on November 9, 2022 on the GoTo Webinar Platform for the SW 10th Street Connector Project has been postponed due to Tropical Storm Nicole, and notification of the rescheduled date will be posted in due course.
- In addition to a completely redesigned roadway, bridges and retaining walls will be built as part of the SW 10th Street Connector Project. Noise barrier walls would also be constructed pending feedback from those who would benefit from the walls.
- FDOT has practices in place to mitigate impacts to surrounding areas during construction. Dust impacts are reduced by wetting construction work zones to avoid dust from leaving the work area. Whenever possible and if approved by adjacent benefited properties, noise barrier walls would be constructed prior to roadway construction in order to reduce construction noise levels.
- The project will be built in two separate phases, which supports competitive contractor procurement and provides the best value to the state of Florida. Construction will take multiple years, with numerous individual segments of work being phased strategically to maximize safety and user experience and minimize impact to traffic during construction. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin in late 2024, with utility relocations and ramp connections to I-95 estimated to be completed by 2030. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase, with procurement for a final designer and contractor to commence by early 2023.
- A stormwater drainage plan is included as part of the project to accommodate the roadway facility. All areas of existing flooding will be addressed with the proposed stormwater management system plans included with the reconstruction of local SW 10th Street and the SW 10th Street connector lanes.
- The estimated construction cost of the SW 10th Street Connector Project is $780 million.
- All funding has been secured.
- The state and federal process for mitigating for traffic noise on highway projects is to evaluate and install noise barrier walls when feasible and reasonable, and when supported by the local property owners that would be benefited by the noise barrier walls. State and federal highway projects do not consider insulated windows as an option for traffic noise mitigation.
- Traffic volume, origin-destination, and speed data was collected for the SW 10th Street Connector Project in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Following that, the traffic analysis was performed between 2017 and 2020, when the overall Project Development Study was performed.
- The virtual public meeting scheduled on November 9, 2022 on the GoTo Webinar Platform for the SW 10th Street Connector Project has been postponed due to Tropical Storm Nicole, and the notification of the rescheduled date will be posted in due course. The in-person public meeting scheduled for November 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel (100 Fairway Drive Deerfield Beach, FL 33441) will be held as planned.
- Yes. The aesthetics charrette presentation can be found at www.sw10street.com.