This just in from Walter Scott:
The Hearing Examiner rendered his decision : EIS adminstrative appeal denied. In summary, much the written decision was copied and pasted from Sound Transit's (ST) pre- hearing legal brief.
The word is getting out there that there is something that can really be done about the noise that is cost effective, safer and more environmentally friendly than WSDOT's current practice. The solution is Rubberized Asphalt (RA)
It appears that we will need to give WSDOT a political "push" to become proactive. To this end, I have the following questions:
If we were able to convince WSDOT that they wanted to do a "test" of RA here, could we get the product in this area and is there the expertise to apply it here - If so, from who ? At the very least, given the great cost, maintenance - cycle and safety benefits, maybe a local municipality would install it on one of their surface roads that are scheduled for an overlay in the near future anyway?
If we did succeed in getting WSDOT to consider asking FHWA for a waiver, who would write the specs?