Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Vrroom! Vrroom! Noise Levels Along Lake Shore Drive To Be Monitored Under New Bill
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has introduced a bill that would allow the city to install noise monitors along Lake Shore Drive, similar to those used at O'Hare to measure noise levels.
In a news release, she says, "The residents living along Lake Shore Drive have reached out to their elected leaders along the lakefront in pursuit of a solution. Residents are awakened in the middle of the night by motorists who flagrantly violate the law with loud unmuffled exhaust systems. The installation of a noise monitoring system will produce concrete data showing the severity of the noise pollution and will help prompt greater action."
This is far from a new problem. Back in 1998, then-46th Ward Ald. Helen Shiller co-sponsored a bill that would ban motorcyclists from the Drive, saying "I have people who call me almost hysterical because of sleep deprivation over this. They literally get no peace."
It's not an immediate solution, but it's a start. With the proposed reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive in coming years, the results of such noise data would be incorporated into the redesign, per Rep. Feigenholtz's office.