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Plexiglass Sound Barrier Creates Noise Among Neighbors

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by Jason Lamb

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- A plexiglass problem is creating a lot of commotion in one neighborhood along I-65 near Franklin.

Instead of a traditional concrete sound barrier blocking noise from the interstate from reaching nearby neighborhoods, you'll find 14 panels of a plexiglass sound barrier.

TDOT says its the result of a compromise with Columbia Gulf Transmission -- a natural gas company that owns the right to the land they built on.

But neighbors say that plexiglass acts like a window to the interstate -- creating an eyesore.

The gas company says there's no way to work around it, because of federal regulations that require inspectors to be able to see markers down the entire stretch of the gas line, even though TDOT says it understands neighbors concerns.

"There are homeowners who live near the interstate who don't want to look at the interstate all day and that plexiglass will allow them to look at something they don't want to see," said Beth Emmons with TDOT.

The sound barrier was put up along I-65 over the last two years as a part of the interstate widening project near Franklin.

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