Increased noise a concern near Greenwood, Franklin

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The buzz of interstate traffic used to be a low hum, but for about a year, the clanking of vehicles hitting holes and the roar of semis is rattling a Franklin neighborhood.

When a heavy semi drops into a pothole on Interstate 65, it can rattle the plates in the cabinets at Fred Brinkman’s home on Paris Drive. When he sits behind his house, which is located on the west side of Paris Drive overlooking a golf course, he can still hear the traffic.

The noise wasn’t too bad up until a year ago, when someone cut the height of the pine trees that separate the interstate from the neighborhood to about 10 feet, Brinkman said. Now the sound of passing vehicles blares up the block instead of bouncing back onto the road, he said. That’s why homeowners in Williams Pointe and Paris Estates and the city are asking the state to put up a sound barrier when I-65 is widened to three lanes next year.

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