Quiet is coming to Jackson Street

A little more peace and quiet will be coming the way of Jackson Street residents.

The scene Jackson Street residents faced in July

A little more peace and quiet will be coming the way of Jackson Street residents.

The provincial government will announce on Saturday its plans to build a wall to block highway sound that fills their neighbourhood – a wall two metres high and 250 metres long at the McCallum interchange.

“It’s a win for everybody,” said Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen, who represented the neighbourhood’s concerns to Victoria.

The issue came to light in July, when alarmed residents said they were being bombarded with noise after the construction of a nearby freeway climbing lane and the removal of a row of trees that had acted as a visual and sound barrier.

Residents complained the highway noise kept them awake nights, and one family with a child who suffers autism and epilepsy said the boy is sensitive to sound, which could induce seizures.

Van Dongen credited the residents with selling their argument to government.

“We have been responsive, and the residents did a very good job of documenting their case,” he said.

He said there is not a final tally on the cost of the wall. The type of material to be used is still being determined.

Construction will begin in spring 2012.

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