Sen. HastingsSPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents are one step closer toward receiving relief from noisy highway traffic, thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings. 

“Illinois is the heart and soul of the nation’s interstate highway system,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). “Our roads, bridges and highways further our state’s mission to serve as an economic hub. However, at times this comes with noisy consequences for our neighbors who live near highways.”

The Hastings-led initiative 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 throughout 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 to 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.

“As our economy grows, we will continue to see an increase in roadway activity,” said Hastings. “This new measure will move us one step closer to improving the quality of life for those who have been suffering from endless highway noise for years.”

Senate Bill 3175 passed the Senate with bipartisan support on Thursday and will continue to the House for further consideration.