Noise walls celebrated at community picnic on Boylston

Neighbors celebrate in front of the new noise walls.

About 70 people attended Wednesday night’s celebration of the completion of the Boylston and Harvard avenues noise wall projects. The event was on the now-much-quieter front lawn of Harvey and Hisako Nakaya on Boylston Ave. E.

Sen. Ed Murray, right

State Sen. Ed Murray stopped by to thank the neighbors and talk about the project. Erin Fletcher, Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer for the noise walls, thanked Sen. Murray. She also talked about the upcoming study of noise-reducing material on the Ship Canal Bridge Express Lanes (a video post about this week’s informational meetings on that study is in the works).

Thanks to the Eastlake Community Council for sponsoring the event and providing soft drinks, assorted sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs.

The WSDOT sent along the photos.