MnDOT offers grants for local community noise barriers
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Cities and townships are eligible to apply for funding under the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2020-21 Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program. MnDOT has set aside approximately $1 million in funding for each fiscal year.
Applications for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 are due by Jan. 31, 2018. Future applications will be accepted annually from October through December.
To qualify, cities must be adjacent to a limited access freeway, expressway or interstate where noise limits exceed the standards set by the Federal Highway Administration. Cities are required to pay 10 percent of the project cost.
“MnDOT will select projects by June 2018,” said Peter Wasko, MnDOT’s Office of Environmental Stewardship, which oversees the program. “Selected projects generally take about three years to design and construct.”
The city of Monticello was the recipient of the 2019 noise barrier grant. With this funding the city will build a noise wall along the north side of Interstate 94 from Nicholas Circle to near Marvin Elwood Road. Eighteen homes will benefit from the project with at least five decibels of noise reduction.
In 2013, the Office of the Legislative Auditor recommended that MnDOT offer funding to communities outside the Twin Cities metro area to become eligible for state-funded noise barrier projects.