Noise Performance of Chip Seal Pavements

Increasing numbers of local and state highway agencies are using chip seals for highway pavement maintenance owing to their relatively low cost and simplicity of application. These surfaces can significantly increase both exterior traffic noise levels and interior noise for vehicle occupants. Recent studies included as part of the NCHRP 15-68 Effect Low Noise Rumble Strips Project have quantified these effects using pass-by and interior noise and on-board sound intensity (OBSI) measurements in several states. To minimize the tire–pavement noise generated by chip seals, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has conducted research on different chip seal pavement designs near the City of Bishop, California. Previous measurements of chip seal pavement have indicated an average OBSI level of 106.2?dBA with a range of ±2?dB. The five quietest test sections at Bishop produced an average level of 101.8?dB with a range of ±0.6?dB. In this paper, previous pass-by and interior noise and OBSI measurements are provided along with the comparison of OBSI data to that measured at the Bishop sites. The performance and design information on the Bishop sites are also provided.


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  • Accession Number: 01885896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2023 10:03AM