Thank you for your story last week concerning our tenant battle with Caltrans to extend a freeway soundproof wall beyond our apartment complex (Times, Nov. 5). We are fully aware that we have a tough battle ahead of us, and the additional information that follows will show why.
Currently, the state's administrative Highway Code that governs freeway wall construction gives fiscal priority to exposed buildings that have high-decibel noise levels, while downplaying actual pedestrian safety. Additionally, Caltrans only gives that consideration to buildings built before the construction of the freeway, which eliminates our complex from their priority list.
Less than one-third of the current priority wall projects have pedestrian safety concerns and are mostly noise-related. In our case, not only noise, but also possible child access directly into freeway traffic demands immediate attention.
We are not seeking a new appropriation from Sacramento, because any new money would just go into the current project list. That is why we are seeking policy changes.