Since: Sep 12

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#1 Sep 13, 2012
Was any thought put into the the sound barrier walls being built on Rt. 15? They have not even completed the work and they have been vandalized with graffiti. I cannot imagine what it will look like in a month. I rather see a Walmart sign than ghetto graffiti on walls. Horrible idea.
GvilleMama

Gainesville, VA

#2 Sep 14, 2012
That sound wall is beyond tacky. You buy a house next to a busy road, you expect road noise. Deal with it.
internet

United States

#3 Sep 14, 2012
I haven't seen the walls in question, but I know where this is at. You know there was a time when Rt. 15 wasn't 4 lanes and as loud as it is today. After the widening in 09 the decibel level has actually surpassed the federal requirements. The homeowners have the right to work to mitigate that. Now as for the wall design itself that's a whole other matter.
Gainesville Hokie

Gainesville, VA

#4 Sep 14, 2012
Is it gang graffiti? Scary to think that the gangs have influence in Haymarket.
Bill

Warrenton, VA

#5 Sep 14, 2012
Smaars wrote:
Was any thought put into the the sound barrier walls being built on Rt. 15? They have not even completed the work and they have been vandalized with graffiti. I cannot imagine what it will look like in a month. I rather see a Walmart sign than ghetto graffiti on walls. Horrible idea.
The owners of the property are most likely trying to appease the association to get there bond money back.
AND NO! they didn't think of what might work better.
Hymrkt Native

Herndon, VA

#6 Oct 10, 2012
The Sound Barriers were constructed using funds from PWC ($350,000 of our tax payers money!) PWC paid for the barriers but it is the financial responsibility of those homeowners associations to maintain them. Every time they are vandalized or need maintenance it is the responsibility of those communities. Call PWC every time they need maintenance - if those communities want us to have to look at them than they need to pay to maintain them so they don't look any worse than they already do! Way to ruin Route 15 and the entrance to so many peoples homes! Too bad they couldn't be pushed back so we could have at least got a green buffer from them if trees had been planted in front of them...

Since: Sep 12

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#7 Oct 12, 2012
Hymrkt Native wrote:
The Sound Barriers were constructed using funds from PWC ($350,000 of our tax payers money!) PWC paid for the barriers but it is the financial responsibility of those homeowners associations to maintain them. Every time they are vandalized or need maintenance it is the responsibility of those communities. Call PWC every time they need maintenance - if those communities want us to have to look at them than they need to pay to maintain them so they don't look any worse than they already do! Way to ruin Route 15 and the entrance to so many peoples homes! Too bad they couldn't be pushed back so we could have at least got a green buffer from them if trees had been planted in front of them...
English ivy would prevent the vandalism, save the HOA on maintenance, and in no time, create a green barrier...I just may volunteer a small plant.
hymrkt native

Washington, DC

#8 Oct 13, 2012
English Ivy is an idea...Not sure if it is too sunny though and over time the ivy would break the barrier apart. Maybe a mix of vines could be used? Virginia Creeper, Ivy,....

Some kind of trellis may be necessary to get the vines growing. In places where there was space plant some trees to soften the barrier as much as possible.

I would be interesting in hearing if the people in those communities are happy with how the entrance to where they live looks now. I sympathize about the sound issue but there has to be a better solution for everyone.
GvilleDADA

Herndon, VA

#9 Mar 13, 2013
GvilleMama wrote:
That sound wall is beyond tacky. You buy a house next to a busy road, you expect road noise. Deal with it.
Horrible comment here, when you purchase a home on a quiet road and the government decides they need to widen that road creating much more traffic. It is ridiculous to tell that home owner too bad just deal with it! You clearly have not had to deal with trucks and motorcycles constantly waking up your children.
Pat

Taylorsville, NC

#10 Mar 14, 2013
Disagree with DADA. Route 15 has not been a quiet road for decades.

The government does not make the decisions, we are the government. VOTE. Suburban sprawl is the will of the people who buy houses and SUVs. You are part of the problem as our society and economy grows. We must slow the pace of growth and stop building big houses and bi roads. Let's try to build a nicer place to live.
Former Resident

Clairton, PA

#11 Mar 14, 2013
Pat wrote:
Disagree with DADA. Route 15 has not been a quiet road for decades.
The government does not make the decisions, we are the government. VOTE. Suburban sprawl is the will of the people who buy houses and SUVs. You are part of the problem as our society and economy grows. We must slow the pace of growth and stop building big houses and bi roads. Let's try to build a nicer place to live.
Agree completely about the sprawl but the road was widened in 2008-2009. I'm not arguing the road shouldn't have been widened, but if nearby homeowners want to try to mitigate increased noise for work done after they moved there, they have that right.

For example my home sits right in front of what is now a paved fire lane, but after I bought it they re-zoned a huge chunk of land to the west of me to eventually become an office park. If they end up building it and extending the road right in front of my house do I not have a right to speak up and make sure the quality of life there doesn't degrade?
G-ville Guy

Monroe, LA

#12 Mar 14, 2013
GvilleDADA wrote:
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Horrible comment here, when you purchase a home on a quiet road and the government decides they need to widen that road creating much more traffic. It is ridiculous to tell that home owner too bad just deal with it! You clearly have not had to deal with trucks and motorcycles constantly waking up your children.
Welcome to Northern VA..........deal with it like everyone else. You can't complain unless you are doing things to change and/or prevent this sort of thing.
Rich

Falls Church, VA

#13 Mar 14, 2013
G-ville Guy wrote:
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Welcome to Northern VA..........deal with it like everyone else. You can't complain unless you are doing things to change and/or prevent this sort of thing.
take your complaint about others complaining to the complaining board.
Rich

Falls Church, VA

#14 Mar 14, 2013
Pat wrote:
Disagree with DADA. Route 15 has not been a quiet road for decades.
The government does not make the decisions, we are the government. VOTE. Suburban sprawl is the will of the people who buy houses and SUVs. You are part of the problem as our society and economy grows. We must slow the pace of growth and stop building big houses and bi roads. Let's try to build a nicer place to live.
she's the problem and she is government. but the government doesn't make the decisions so she doesn't either. Suburban sprawl is the will of the people, who are also the government so the government buys houses and SUVs. The government must slow the pace of growth because that's us. but the government doesn't make the decisions, it's we, and we are the government. I want my property tax back.

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