Tree trimming too close for Freeport residents’ comfort


A LOOK AT THE WEEKEND COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. STEVE: IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS CLEARING TREES ALONG THE INTERSTATE. BUT SOME PEOPLE IN FREEPORT SAY IT IS GONE TOO FAR. COURTNEY STURGEON IS LIVE IN FREEPORT WITH WHAT NEIGHBORS SAY HAS BECOME A NOISY NEIGHBORHOOD. COURTNEY: IMAGINE LIVING IN THIS HOME. THE RESIDENTS TELL US THEY HAVE LOOKED OUT ONTO THEIR BACKYARD, A NICE LINE OF TREES TO COVER THE NOISE OF THE HIGHWAY. NOW THEY’RE LOOKING OUT ONTO A VERY BUSY 295 , AND A NOISY ONE AT THAT. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ON ELM STREET USED TO BE A LOT QUIETER, BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE SINCE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CLEARED THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. A SPOKESPERSON FOR DOT SAYS IT WAS NECESSARY. SO THE ROAD CAN GET SOME SUNSHINE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS TO MELT SNOW AND ICE. THE WORK WAS DONE IN LATE APRIL. A NEIGHBOR REMEMBERS HOW QUICKLY THE VIEW FROM HIS BACKYARD CHANGED. THEY STARTED DOWN THE STREET. I WOKE UP AND WENT TO SCHOOL. THE TREES HAD BEEN TORN OUT BY THE PARKING LOT. IT WAS REALLY LOUD. THE NEXT MORNING, IT CAME FURTHER. ALL OF THIS CAME DOWN. COURTNEY: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS DECIBEL METER. YOU CAN GET IT ON ANY SMARTPHONE. IT IS DEFINITELY MEASURING NOISE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. WE TALKED TO THE FREEPORT TOWN MANAGER. HE TELLS US THE TOWN IS TRYING TO REMEDY THE SITUATION BY BUILDING A BERM THAT WILL COST MORE THAN $2000. CONSTRUCTION HAS ALREADY STARTED HERE. BY NEIGHBORS UNDERSTAND, MAINE DOT’S

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