ROAD TRAFFIC NOISE ATTENUATION BY BELTS OF TREES

Measurements were made at a number of sites of road traffic noise propagating through belts of trees and bushes and above grass-covered ground, respectively. The belt widths were between 3 and 25 M. The distance from the road to the front of the belts also varied from site to site. The microphones were placed 1.5 M above the ground. A comparison between attenuations obtained, expressed as differences in equivalent constant a-weighted sound pressurelevels, l aeq, showed no significantly higher attenuation values for propagation through belts of trees than for propagation above grass-covered ground. Only in the frequency range above 2 khz were attenuations significantly higher through the belts of trees and bushes. The belts of trees selected consisted mainly of deciduous trees and bushes between 5 and 10 years of age. Such types and widths are representative of what could often be used in normal urban situations in an attempt to provide practical noise reduction. According to the results of this investigation, however, these do not significantly reduce l aeq 1.5 M above the ground. Planting of belts of trees and bushes between roads and dwellings might influence the environmental quality of residential areas due to nonacoustic factors or reduce nuisance due to spectral changes not affecting l aeq. This has not been investigated. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • KRAGH, J
  • Publication Date: 1981-1-22

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  • Accession Number: 00335028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM