Once recommended noise wall locations are determined during the final noise analysis, all property owners and tenants who are benefited by a recommended noise wall (a benefitted receptor would have at least a 5 decibel decrease in traffic noise with the noise wall in place) will be asked to vote for or against construction of the wall. This is called balloting, and it is the last step in the noise wall approval process.
During this time, NCDOT will contact property owners and tenants who are eligible to vote and explain the balloting process and what they are being asked to vote on. Recommended noise walls that pass the balloting process will be built. Once balloting is complete for a noise wall, NCDOT will send a postcard to those who were asked to vote on the noise wall to let them know if it passed or not.
The ballots typically come in a large yellow envelope with red text on the envelope stating, ‘Noise Wall Ballot Enclosed.’ Inside the packet will be a letter that explains the voting process, a map that shows the general location, height, and length of the wall, and a postcard. The postcard will ask you to simply check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to whether you would like a noise wall or not like a noise wall. There will be a date in red text and that is the date NCDOT asks that you return your ballot by. Generally, NCDOT allots roughly two weeks for ballots to be returned.
Voting by email is an option; if you’d like to receive your balloting information via email and/or submit your vote by email, contact Missy Pair at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are interested in voting by email.