Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why are those walls along I-64 red? And what’s with the door?

The red sound barriers part of the Segment II project along I-64 (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of VDOT)
The red sound barriers part of the Segment II project along I-64 (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of VDOT)

Multiple sound barriers have been constructed along parts of Interstate 64.

And they’re red.

“Those are actually part of the Segment II project,” said Brittany McBride, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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McBride said when VDOT constructs the noise barriers, they work with the localities and received input from Williamsburg, York County and James City County, hence the red walls.

“They wanted a brick finish,” she said.

The walls are built along I-64 between Exit 242, just west of Humelsine/Marquis Center Parkway and Exit 247, east of Yorktown Road, about 7 miles.

The brick-finished walls are about the size of a door.

Speaking of doors, the sound barriers have two.

“That’s just for maintenance,” McBride said, noting public utilities are behind the wall. “It is not unusual for noise barriers of that length to have doors built in that are intended to be used as an access point for emergencies or maintenance to get to the other side without having to travel all the way down and around.”

Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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