Meanwhile, the state is using a 1988 study to prioritize which sections of highway should have noise barriers. Which is where Lynnfield comes in. It was put on the list at that time. State Rep. Joyce Spiliotis, who attended the Monday meeting, insisted that Lynnfield did nothing to obtain the wall -- it was simply Lynnfield's turn.
"I don't think we even exist on that priority list," Barr said.
"Even if you're on the list," Spiliotis said, "it took Lynnfield 20 years."
The group is determined to increase its numbers. Barr is collecting signatures. The noise is only getting worse as the years go by, and the number of cars on the road increase, she said. "I want people to get aroused. I want people to get activated here."
Spiliotis agreed. Numbers count.
While Barr seemed to dismiss the role of the city, Mayor Michael Bonfanti was more optimistic.
"I'll listen," he said. "We can always take a look and see if there's a grant available."
Less optimistic was MassHighway spokesman Erik Abell, who told The Salem News that a new list of priority sites for noise barriers will be created -- as soon as the state finishes with the 53 it already has.