TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A state lawmaker is hearing complaints about noise from the new U.S. 231 bypass and is making them known.
State Representative Randy Truitt said he's heard complaints from people ever since the 231 bypass project started.
Now that the road is open, he's been contacted about the noise and making that complaint known to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
"When I have a constituent that I represent has a concern, I want to make sure they are getting the attention that they deserve, that their issue is being heard," Truitt said. "I always tell my constituency you might get an answer that's not exactly what you wanted to hear, but the important thing for me is that it's heard."
Truitt said he has already spoken with INDOT about what it can do to alleviate some of the noise for neighbors.
He said INDOT has certain qualifications roads must meet before it looks to cancel the noise and the bypass does not meet those requirements.
"That doesn't mean people can not bring up these types of concerns," said Truitt.
Don Lambert lives in the nearby Sherwood Forest neighborhood and said the new highway doesn't bother him or his family. Because of the woods behind his house and new windows absorbing noise, the new highway may be a blessing for him.
"The soccer fields that used to have a lot of noise coming from them, they're gone because of the highway," Lambert said. "It's actually an improvement over what it was."
Lambert said while he has no complaints about the highway, he understands how some of his neighbors could.
"I do feel for the neighbors at the far end of the subdivision, because they do have a legitimate issue," said Lambert. "They're very close to the traffic and it's probably annoying for them."
However Truitt said more people he's talked to feel like Lambert than the one constituent that contacted him with the complaint.
"I've heard a hundred people talk about how great it is," said Truitt.
Truitt will again take the concern to INDOT Thursday.
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