Caltrans officials this week said St. Bernard's Parish School, which for years has been engulfed in the drone of traffic on the Artesia (91) Freeway, is eligible for state-funded soundproofing of its classrooms.
Caltrans sound-wall project engineer Bill Minter said preliminary tests of three classrooms at the school, which sits 500 feet north of the freeway in Bellflower, show that noise levels are four times higher than state limitations.
"With the school as far away as it is, I thought for sure the results would be borderline," Minter said. "But there is no question about eligibility. Now the problem is what are we going to do about it."
Minter said soundproofing usually consists of double-pane windows and air conditioning. The school is already air conditioned, however, and teachers insist that other measures are necessary.