Would anyone live near an interstate?

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  1. iwannabeafarmer

    iwannabeafarmer Well-Known Member

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    I am finally in the market for a piece of land. I found a few I like and one borders an interstate. I can get used to the sound and I plan to plant some evergreens up next to the interstate but I was wondering if food/animals grown there would be dangerous, or would the trees and the existing creek running beside the interstate absorb most of the the toxins and keep them from my animals and plants
     
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  3. geo in mi

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    1/2 mile, but on the South side. Prevailing winds from the west don't blow much of anything here. Noise pollution at certain times. Toxins might be unburned hydrocarbons and straight diesel carbon, but I live under the OHare--Detroit Metro flyway, so......

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  4. ErinP

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    If by "near" you mean less than 50 miles?

    Absolutely not.
     
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    Find another piece of ground
     
  6. LisaInN.Idaho

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    The nearest interstate to me is about 60 miles. I wouldn't want it any closer.
     
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    I'd be concerned about trespassers, too.
     
  8. oregon woodsmok

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    I wouldn't.

    You might get used to the noise, but actually that is hearing loss from damage to your ears.

    Gas fumes, diesel fumes, runoff with antifreeze and oil.

    Not for me, thank you anyway.
     
  9. oregon woodsmok

    oregon woodsmok Well-Known Member Supporter

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    On the other hand, if you were right on an exit and want to have a farm stand, you'd have lots of traffic.
     
  10. Home Harvest

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    3.5 miles south. Rarely do we hear the trucks (the wind has to be just right). I see lots of nice looking farms here in PA within sight of the interstate, after all what type of land did they seize to build those interstates? Certainly not towns. I know a farmer with his own private underpass, because they cut his property in half and he needed access.

    Consider the noise as the major negative, and the convenience of travel as a major positive. If you plan to grow, sell, market, or deliver anything, then being near an interstate is a definate advantage.
     
  11. SparkyMaine

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    I'm 3.5 miles from the closest highway, 2 miles for the closest "main road" (high speeds, occasional moderate traffic), but in a rural area in the fairly rural state of Maine. I VERY rarely hear any traffic, and then only if I'm trying to hear it. If you plan on staying there for the long term, I'd avoid something right on an interstate. Get a couple miles away at the very least. It might seem like something that you can get used to, but why go into a long-term situation already prepared to get used to something like that?

    In my opinion, one of the most important things you can have is relative peace and quiet. You will NEVER have anything like peace and quiet near an interstate.
     
  12. fellini123

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    Ok I am on highway 29 in Virginia. Well actually about 300 feet off of it. Doesnt bother me in the slightest. We have a fence for the goats that is relatively close to the highway, and never (knock on wood) had a problem with them getting out in that area.
    Cant really hear the traffic, unless it is the big trucks using their Jake brakes.
    Only problem we have it we are right on the river, so therefore right by the bridge. They have have SO much construction on the bridge in the 15 years we have lived here. That construction is noisy and they divert traffic which is a real pain.
    Alice in Virginia
     
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    I'm about 11 mi. from the interstate (as the crow flies). I suppose I'd consider buying property that was 10 miles...but really no closer than that. I like keeping my distance from the folks who are running through not running to.
     
  14. WildernesFamily

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    We live off a 2 lane 60 mph highway. I love this house, I love this land, I hate the noise that comes with the highway. It does get nice and quiet at night because it is a very dark road at night, so that's nice.

    The up side to this is that yes, eventually we plan on having a farm stand, and our location is prime for that. Also, after our big blizzard in February we could get out easily enough (after shoveling our driveway, ha!) Friends that live far down dirt country roads were stuck for quite a number of days.

    We free range our chickens, they go down the driveway but have never ventured onto the highway itself. Fencing for bigger animals will be tight, but we have a neighbor up the road with goats, ducks, geese and chickens and they are often roaming about freely, so I suppose their animals know to stay clear of the road.

    Evergreens will block the noise a bit, but not by very much. Land next to the interstate will most likely be cheaper. You'll have to decide if you can trade off for the noise and pollution. If you picture yourself on a piece of land out in the country all nice and peaceful then the noise will really get to you.

    Go to the property and stand there and just listen.
     
  15. KnowOneSpecial

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    We lived by and interstate and NEVER AGAIN. We were about 1,000 feet from it. I hated the fact that we couldn't sit outside and have a conversation, nor could we have the windows open without a constant din of highway traffic. Don't forget the medical helicopters use highways for 'routes' to fly into the city.

    You may think that you'll get used to the noise, but I never did and we lived there for 10 years.
     
  16. Mulegirl

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    Could you be more specific about what this interstate is like? The responses you're getting here look to be based on very different sorts of interstates. For instance, I know Rt. 29 in Virginia pretty well (I live about 200 yards from it right now, and grew up about 5 minutes' drive from it), and it's not what comes to mind when I think "interstate"--my brain usually jumps to something like I-95, which is rather bigger and more high-traffic. So what are you calling interstate? What's the traffic like? Mostly local (within the state) or passing through from one state to another? How many lanes wide is it near this piece of property? Are you in exits-only country, or is it an interstate with traffic lights? For me, the answer to "would I live there" would vary hugely depending on the answers to these!
     
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    I have some hunting land that is close to a 4 lane road that semi trucks use a lot. The cars are not evern noticed BUT the tractor trailers are loud & I hate them mainly whinning of tires & the Jake breaks. The deer & hogs don't care though.
     
  18. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    When we moved here 30 years ago, the highway was a two lane at the back of our property, about 1/2 mile north of the house. Now it's a major divided highway, and it's upgrading to Interstate.

    Since NAFTA, the traffic has dramatically increased, tire and truck noise, jake brakes, sirens on occasion. Then, Travel America built a truck stop north of our house. I really really hate the sound of air hammer lug nut guns, and it will never be truly dark in my back yard at night thanks to their parking lot lights.

    We have had illegal aliens crossing our land several times, twice with police pursuit, once with mounted police who cut the barbed wire fences instead of going through the gates.

    Sure makes one wish I could pick up the property and move it.

    Honestly, I try not to think about it, and this really brings it to the forefront of my mind. Sigh. Yuk.
     
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  19. iwannabeafarmer

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    I-40 in Dickson TN (about 30 miles west of Nashville) light general traffic as far a interstates go Heavy truck traffic (everything going west from Nashville heads that way.
     
  20. iwannabeafarmer

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    I am planning to stay around 5 to 10 years and I hope to have it payed off completely in 1 year or so and practice for when we buy 100 acres in the middle of nothing :)