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Noise barrier project wraps up in Tatumville

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Summer construction is coming to an end along the DeRenne Avenue corridor. Tatumville residents will soon hear less traffic noise. 

There's good news for the more than 50,000 drivers who travel DeRenne Avenue to Interstate 516 each day. Construction cones are soon coming down. 

It's also good news for those who live in Tatumville. 

WTOC first spoke with Richard Penn in the spring, just after construction on the noise wall began. He has lived in Tatumville for 47 years. 

Now that the wall is up, noise from the highway that's less than 15 feet away has been reduced considerably. Penn said he's getting better rest now. 

"I hope some of the soot from the road is cutting back," he added. 

Heather Fish, with city of Savannah, said Tatumville residents can be summed up in one word – dedicated.   

"[They're] dedicated to self and to each other. [They're] making sure their voices are heard. They've been asking for some type of protection for decades and they never gave up," Fish said. 

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the noise wall. That includes spraying it with a protective coat that makes it resistant to graffiti.

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