Neighbors protest trees coming down along I-20

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Trees are coming down along I-20 between Warren Road and the Augusta Canal. This is to make room for interstate expansion, but people who live nearby say...not in my backyard. David Goldman is one of dozens of people who met with the Georgia Department of Transportation Friday hoping to put the brakes on an I-20 expansion project that has toppled trees in his backyard.

Mr. Goldman says, "The noise is gonna get worse there's no doubt about that, and it's virtually almost unbearable back here now." But the noise is just one problem. Jimmy Heath says, "There's all kinda things that come off I-20.

You know you don't mind helping anybody out but you don't know if that next person that's coming off knocking on your door is there to rob you or harm your family."

Anna Seigler says, "We've already been robbed 4 times, we already have a security system but everytime we keep adding more stuff." People living along the stretch are ooking for a compromise.

Mr. Goldman says, "We understand that maybe they have to take the trees out to maintain the road and put the sound barrier wall up but what we need is an extension of the sound barrier wall."

Mike Keene says, "If it happens it will definitely not be a quick process and it will be very costly." Neighbors say this has already cost them a lot.

"I know how these people feel because I know how it was when I wasn't getting a soundwall and I know they got the same noise if not more than I down at Skinner Mill Road so you cant put one up for me and not put one up for them." says Jimmy Heath.

Mr. Keene says, "And that's why we have board members legislators they're the ones that make that decision." Bill Kuhlke says, "Everything everybody has said sounds simple but building a road and working with the federal highway administration is not simple." Even still these folks say they won't be deterred.

People in the community say, "You have a golden opportunity to improve the interface between the neighborhood and I-20." Mr. Goldman says, "We've been putting up with this noise year after year...being good citizens, good neighbors. I think it's time that something is done to help us at this point."

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