In a King County Journal article on June 20, 2006, KCJ staff report that WSDOT:
"officials announced Monday night that a 3.5-mile stretch of Interstate 405 in Bellevue has been selected for a noise-reduction test using different types of "quiet" pavements.
The test will begin next year and cover a segment of freeway running from 112th Avenue Southeast to Southeast Eighth Street.
The test will focus on experimenting with different types of pavements utilizing asphalt and Portland cement concrete, and applying them using various techniques.
The decision to conduct the noise reduction test on I-405 comes as the issue of highway noise ands its impact on neighborhoods continues to receive major attention by the Bellevue City Council and some resident groups."
"This is a very serious issue that affects the quality of life for our neighborhoods, and it demands some very serious attention," Mayor Grant Degginger said in a prepared statement.
Here's a big thank you to Representatives Fred Jarrett, Judy Clibborn, Ross Hunter, Rodney Tom, Toby Nixon, the Mayors of Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Clyde Hill and the Bellevue City Council for their advocacy and leadership in beginning the process to provide reduced noise levels for affected communities along regional transportation highways.