Cost Benefit Analysis – Noise Barriers and Quieter Pavements

The workshop, Cost Benefit Analysis – Noise Barriers and Quieter Pavements, and this report review current technology and methods of cost-benefit analysis of two highway traffic noise reducing measures—noise barriers and quieter pavements. Their purpose is to address challenges and solutions for implementing a method that accounts for both and to present findings aimed at allowing state and federal agencies to expand their highway noise control cost benefit analyses to include consideration of both barriers and quieter pavements. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions of the workshop. Chapter 2 offers detailed presentations on a new methodology for cost benefit analyses of noise barriers and quieter pavements, offering several examples of its utility. Chapter 3 lays out recommendations for solutions and next steps, based on small group discussions during the workshop. Findings and recommendations are in Chapter 4. Appendix A includes several summaries of presentations made during the workshop that offer important background information on barriers and pavements. The first section describes a 2007 workshop that addressed cost-benefit analysis of noise barriers and road surfaces. The next two summaries are specific to noise barrier utility and costs, followed by a review on quieter pavement, and finally, how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) currently treats highway traffic noise analysis and abatement.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 66p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9870989943116
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2014 3:45PM