Prior noise studies decades ago showed that traffic noise already exceeded Federal and State levels. Years ago the State was focused on developing its infrastructure however few additional miles of highway or rail have been developed over the past couple of decades.
In 1993 the State already identified many parts of Greenwich as suffering from noise issues but at the time, the State diverted funding earmarked for noise abatement to other roadway issues. However, at the time, the State was coordinating with the EPA to develop a plan to meet the 1990 Clear Air Act Amendment. This is very interesting because in the 1990 CAAA, Congress included the section on noise pollution in this Act. Noise pollution was not dismissed, it was in fact re-ratified by Congress at that time.
Please notice at the end of the letter, the then Director of the CT EPA wrote that “a substantial reduction in travel by single occupant autos would be a primary contributor toward improving air quality along this corridor…..”