Sen. Michael E. HastingsSPRINGFIELD – Residents across Illinois may soon have relief from noisy highways, thanks to a measure advanced by State Senator Michael E. Hastings.

“Illinois a hub of economic progress,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). “Our roads, bridges and highways connect our state with vast opportunities which can often lead to high degrees of roadway noise. This new measure will require the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement an expansion in their noise suppression program to give those who live near existing highways some relief.”

Hastings introduced Senate Bill 3175 in response to a number of noise complaints he was receiving from residents in the 19th Senate District.

IDOT currently maintains a Type 1 program which studies the possible impact and mitigation effects on newly constructed highways. Hastings measure would require IDOT create and implement a Type 2 Noise Suppression Program by July 1, 2025 to provide noise abatement for existing highways.

He believes this expansion of the program would alleviate constituents’ concerns and help improve the quality of life for residents throughout the state.

 “This legislation will move us one step closer in improving the quality of life for those who have been suffering from endless highway noise for years,” Hastings said.

Senate Bill 3175 passed the Senate’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday and will continue on for further consideration.