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State replaces highway noise walls earlier than planned at a cost of $5M each year.
Salt from highways blamed for deterioration.
Story by LAURA FONG


 
The state is spending an extra $25 to $50 million to replace noise walls along highways that are wearing out 5-10 years earlier than expected.  Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Carpenter says Ohio winters are to blame.
ODOT Cuyahoga Co. Mark Carpenter

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Other Northeast Ohio counties are also replacing these walls early, but for different reasons. ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic says in 2008 the state replaced nearly a mile of walls along I-77 in Fairlawn at a cost of $1.7 million dollars

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Chesnic says noise walls in Cleveland are much closer to the roads than those in Summit, so they’re more likely to be exposed to road salt.

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