WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette resident Jim Schenke went through a roller coaster of emotions Friday.
"Friday morning, I went to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of this new highway, which I'm sure will be a boom to the community as a whole," said Schenke.
But when he returned home from work that same evening, his opinion of the new road changed.
"I wasn't even sure I lived in the same place," said Schenke. "It was just inundated with dump trucks, and semis, and cars with bad mufflers."
Schenke lives in the Sherwood Forest subdivision, which sits right next to 231. Schenke said he was aware of the project when he moved in five years ago, but said contractors promised residents they would try to block some of the sound with trees.
Schenke said so far, that hasn't been done.
"Frankly, if you take a close look at it, it's a straight shot into our subdivision," said Schenke.
Schenke isn't the only neighbor with concerns. Tom Brush has lived in his house for about 10 years and said he has also noticed a change.
"Friday night was a real shocker," said Brush. "We had the windows open and from now on, pretty much it's windows closed around here."
Brush said he was also aware of the project and of the promised ways contractors would mitigate the sound of traffic. He said he knows the budget for the project was downsized a bit, but said he's hoping it's not too late to do something.
"I don't know if there's a possibility of some kind of a wall that could reduce the sound, or a slight burn addition to what's there now," said Brush. "Anything would be appreciated."
Both Schenke and Brush said they plan to do what they can and won't stop until their peace and quiet is restored.
Schenke said he was in contact with Republican State Representative Randy Truitt's office Monday afternoon. Schenke was told an INDOT representative would be contacting him very soon.
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