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City to hold update meeting Thursday

Residents of the southern part of Beaconsfield are still awaiting solutions to the noise problem created by cars speeding on Highway 20. Photo by Rob Amyot.

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.

Organizations: MTQ, Quebec Transport Ministry

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  • Derrick Pounds
    July 14, 2012 - 11:55

    Notes from Sound Wall meeting July 12, 2012 1:30pm City Hall This meeting was a follow-up to the April 13, 2012 meeting - 'Alternative Sound Wall Financing Concept'- Director General Patrice Boileau welcomed the more than 40 in attendance. Councillor Wade Staddon confirmed the need for a sound barrier on the south side of autoroute 20 since the noise level from traffic has risen way above the ‘danger to health’ zone of 65 decibels. Section Head-Projects André Gervais presented excellent posters based on MTQ’s Oct 2010 survey report, showing sound level contour lines superimposed on aerial photos of Beaconsfield. The red, yellow and green contour lines indicated zones above 65, 60, & 55 decibels respectively. André Gervais also gave information on a MTQ feasibility study for a 3 metre high Green Wall assembled over an Earth Berm, running 954 metres from boul. St-Charles to Pointe Claire. The cost estimate of $4,598,147.35 included 30% for contingencies. No information was presented on the Green Wall’s sound deadening effectiveness. The MTQ’s Oct. 2010 sound survey report page 31 indicates a Concrete Wall would cost $3,922,800 to which Patrice Boileau suggested 30% be added. We were surprised to hear that in the 3 months since the last meeting there had been no follow-up on other alternatives to a Concrete sound wall as discussed in the minutes April 13, 2012 centre page 2, and in the questionnaire dated July 12 . Wade Staddon explained that there is red tape involved in the process of requesting quotations from suppliers. It would appear that $100,000 could be involved in a call for tenders under new government regulations. Georges Malone’s project management experience indicated that it was possible to obtain quotations for $1 billion at NO cost. Derrick Pounds work experience concurs with Georges. There were many questions asked and suggestions made including the following: -After several requests, Councillor Staddon agreed to send a registered letter on behalf of Council, to the MTQ, demanding that a speed limit of 70 km per hour be enforced. This measure could reduce traffic noise from Highway 20 by about 6 decibels and residents both north and south would benefit. -Council’s responsibility for the health and welfare of residents was questioned. -Residents challenged the sound wall financing proposal through a local improvement tax. It was pointed out that their taxes were NOT reduced when the MTQ arbitrarily increased the speed limit. -Several requests were made demanding slower/quieter freight trains for safety and health reasons.