When the Southeast/Southwest Freeway was reconstructed in 1999, Capitol Hill residents lobbied the District to add sound barriers to the road where it runs along Garfield Park. Noise levels would qualify the project for federal noise-abatement dollars, and the District Department of Public Works agreed to draw up the plans. But the project has yet to appear on paper. “We wake up [at] 4:30, 5 o’clock just from the noise,” says park neighbor Bill Phillips. This summer, city engineers are working on a feasibility study for the feds, according to District Department of Transportation Ward 6 planner Rachel MacCleery. The Federal Highway Administration, MacCleery says, doubts that either the elevated freeway structure or the ground below could support the necessary weight—or that the freeway could tolerate another round of construction. “They’re not convinced that we can actually build the thing,” she says. #151;Chris Shott