New Law Paves the Way for Noise Monitors on Lake Shore Drive

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A new Illinois law intends to put the brakes on noisy vehicles along Lake Shore Drive.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure Tuesday which allows the city of Chicago to install noise monitors along the scenic expressway to study the impact of vehicular noise.

“In order to address residents’ concerns, this law creates a first step in remediating the ambient noise problem along Lake Shore Drive,” said Illinois Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, who sponsored the legislation, in a press release.

Feigenholtz filed a bill in early February to allow for the installation of noise monitoring systems after receiving numerous complaints from constituents.

“They were concerned about the amount of noise coming up from Lake Shore Drive from all kinds of vehicles that are either very loud or very fast or both,” Feigenholtz told Chicago Tonight in April.

Rather than rely on “anecdotal evidence,” Feigenholtz said she wanted “empirical evidence.”

“I thought we should take a step back and measure the sound,” she said. By installing noise monitors, they “could see where the problem spots are and see what kind of noise it is.”

The law allows for the city to enact an ordinance providing for a noise monitoring system that would be capable of recording noise levels 24 hours per day along any portion of Lake Shore Drive.

Included in the system will be software capable of processing the data—similar in concept to the monitoring system used to measure jet noise around O’Hare International Airport, according to the press release.

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