A long-awaited public meeting regarding the sound wall issue in Beaconsfield will take place at city hall on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in order for the city to update residents on the new developments regarding this affair.
André Gervais of the city's public works department and Councillor Wade Staddon will be updating those in attendance on the city's meetings with the Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ) and their findings for solutions to traffic noise from Highway 20.
The City has the latest MTQ cost estimates for a sound wall running east from St. Charles Blvd and the City is expected to present data for those who would be affected by a potential local improvement tax. Pressed with questions by Pounds at the June 18 council meeting, Staddon asked him to be patient and that answers would come.
Residents from the other areas affected by traffic noise are also invited to the meeting, but the meeting focus on July 12 afternoon will most probably be on the eastern stretch as this is the area for which the City has apparently obtained new information.
It is expected that a request for the MTQ to enforce a speed limit of 70 km per hour that could reduce traffic noise from Highway 20 by 6 decibels will be discussed. The progress or lack thereof in the MTQ’s evaluation of alternative materials for sound wall such as using structural galvanized posts supporting PVC sound-absorbing panels that cost less than concrete or panels of composite fibreglass shell with sound absorptive interior fill will also be discussed.