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Work begins to quiet Joor Road

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CENTRAL - A fix is coming to Joor Road in Central after residents pushed for a fix to the noisy road.

In 2009, the state expanded Joor Road from two lanes to five to fix traffic problems, but the expansion also caused new problems. The sound of cars whizzing by drives residents like David Lawrence up the wall.

"It bothers us a lot, because we spend a lot of time outside and we can't even talk," he said. "We have a gazebo where we used to sit and drink coffee in the morning, but we don't do that anymore."

Even for drivers, the rumblings cause headaches while driving over the grooves of Joor Road.

"It's noisy and you can't carry on a conversation in the car and you can't hear the radio," said Jan Anderson.

While the noise causes an inconvenience, some don't agree with the state spending $1.24 million to overlay 3.1 miles of the road.

"I don't really think so because that's a lot of money, and it's a short piece of road that's doing that and it's my money cause I'm a taxpayer," said Anderson.

However, residents who live right on Joor Road say it's worth the money to right a wrong.

"It's a situation where I think for the benefit of everyone living along here that it's worthwhile," said Lawrence. "I'm just sorry that they didn't test this out before they did it in such an active area."

The Department of Transportation and Development says the work to quiet the road should finish by the end of August.

 

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