Pasco neighborhood fighting for noise wall to separate I-75, but is anyone listening?

SAN ANTONIO, Fla. - The neighborhood fighting to get a barrier built to drown out the sound of I-75 appear to be on the losing side of the battle.

"It's gotten to the point where it's a little bit ridiculous. We shouldn't have to holler," said Jack Hart, who is leading the push for a noise wall at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club in Pasco County.

The background noise of the interstate is more like the backyard noise for dozens of home owners at the development.

"You can't sit back there, you can't talk to anyone, so you don't really get to enjoy the beautiful backyard," said Bill Bushey, who is among those living right next to the busy interstate.

Residents here are been begging FDOT to build a noise wall to give them some peace and quiet now that the agency is working on widening I-75, doubling the traffic and possibly doubling the noise.

FDOT has denied their request.

"We're talking to deaf ears," Hart said. "I don't think they care about the senior citizens that are living here. That's the problem.

FDOT insists that is not the problem. It says that basically the interstate was there first, and the widening project has been in the works since 2000 back when there were less that 10 homes at the development.

"It's not fair for taxpayers to foot the bill for a noise wall when there's a developer that comes in and builds a development right next to an interstate," said Kristen Carson, FDOT Spokesperson in Tampa.

She said the agency is trying to work with the neighbors by expanding away from the homes and keeping as many trees as a buffer.

FDOT's response doesn't sit well for many of them, who for now, rely on a plastic white fence they said does nothing to stop noise.

"Why not us? We're taxpayers," Bushey added.

Many of the residents, including Hart, are investing in thicker windows and doors for the time being.

Their fight isn't over.

"I'm the type of person who doesn't give up. You're gonna knock me down i'm going to get up. Keep getting up, keep getting up, keep getting up," Hart said.

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