Carrie Wood from the The Bellevue Reporter reports that WSDOT:
"will prepare a 1.6 mile section of roadway for installation of rubberized asphalt and open-graded polymer, on State Route 520 between Medina and the Bellevue Way intersection."
(Walter) "Scott organized a collection of communities — including Beaux Arts, Redmond, Medina and Mercer Island — which have pushed the state to study the benefits of quiet pavement."
Those efforts prompted city officials, like Bellevue Mayor Grant Degginger, to press state officials to perform more extensive testing and use of quiet pavement technologies.
“In (some) cases, traditional noise abatement techniques, such as noise walls, do not mitigate highway noise impacts and alternatives are not permitted by state policy and federal guideline,” wrote Degginger in a letter to Gov. Christine Gregoire last year."
“It can be laid here by people who know what they’re doing and have the right experience,” he (Walter Scott) said, noting that a major rubberized highway in Arizona has existed for 17 years.
We hope that WSDOT will recognize and embrace a rare opportunity to provide:
1. Meaningful noise abatement for communities adjacent to freeways, along with
2. Increased safety, due to superior skid resistance, and
3. Cost savings for Washington taxpayers.