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Old 06-11-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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Is the noise from Highway 5 a constant ambient noise that fills South Eugene/Springfield, downtown, and the corresponding corridor going North or is it an occasional problem depending on wind direction?

How far West must one live in Eugene to escape the din of the freeway?
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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I live 2 miles west of I-5 and I never hear traffic or highway noise.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I don't currently live in Eugene, but I do live about 2 blocks from the freeway and I only hear a very faint hum of traffic when I go outside. It's on the side of a mountain so you can hear the engine brakes sometimes and you can hear that faint hum through 1/4 of the town I live in, but it's not that bad.

I've never noticed freeway noise anywhere in Eugene, however, other than actually on the freeways or literally just off the freeway. Never in any of the neighborhoods.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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If you live near Beltline hwy, you'll hear traffic. Beltline has become really nasty lately. I don't know what happened but we moved away for a year, came back, and now Beltline is actually busy most of the time. I even experienced something that was like rush hour traffic on Beltline the other day! Woah...
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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Like the houseelf says, Beltline gives off a good amount of noise, so if you live nearby, then you will hear a steady hum of traffic. Nothing major, but you will hear something. There are 10 other reasons why you should not live near Beltline, so my advice is to avoid it if you can.

As for I-5, I don't think you can hear it anywhere in south Eugene except for directly east of campus, up in the hills (Laurel Hill and northeast of Hendricks Park and the area around Pre's Rock), and on the other side of the hills, very close to I-5. A few streets nearby Lane Community College also get some noise from I-5 and the fast moving section of 30th Ave near I-5.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You might also want to consider whether you'll get noise from the trains that go through town at night. They typically blow their horn every block. When I lived up in the southwest hills, it drove me crazy. I guess the shape of the terrain carries the sound all the way up to 28th Place and beyond.
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:35 AM
 
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Is the noise from Highway 5 a constant ambient noise that fills South Eugene/Springfield, downtown, and the corresponding corridor going North or is it an occasional problem depending on wind direction?

How far West must one live in Eugene to escape the din of the freeway?
For the first time in my life, I live in a house where there is almost no noticeable traffic noise. I live off of Hilyard, past 36th. I love it. And the rent isn't astronomical but maybe I got a sweet deal.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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It's funny how little influence the freeway noise has on Southeast Eugene. The houses I've looked at that had noise problems were all on the east side of the hills, facing I-5. Everything on the western side of the hill, and beyond, appear to avoid the problem. Also, Eugene does not appear to have much of a 24 hr. a day pace to it, making for quiet nights, compared to larger cities.
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