When the Dodge family bought a modest home in Clark County, Wash., a decade ago it was tucked away at the end of a quiet dead-end street.
Now a highway ramp is yards from the family's backyard.
"Come here. Stand in our yard," Melissa Dodge told the Columbian newspaper as cars whizzed off Highway 500 to a ramp just on the other side of a white fence in her backyard. "Imagine your children playing here."
The newspaper notes that the couple worry that a car or truck exiting the highway too quickly could crash through the guardrail and fence into their yard where their two children, 6-year-old Dylan and 19-month-old Lucas, play.
"She's in a tough spot, there's no doubt about it," said Abbi Russell, Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson told the Columbian.
Russell said measurements of noise levels at the Dodge home are not loud enough to justify a sound-barrier wall to be build along the family's property. WSDOT built a sound-barrier wall at a neighboring mobile homeRead More »from Family fights highway off-ramp in their backyard