A Guide to Visual Quality in Noise Barrier Design

This publication is designed as a guide to aid individuals entrusted with the design of highway noise barriers, particularly in regard to visual quality. The guide introduces the basic principles of visual quality in general terms and illustrates the application of these basic principles to the design of highway noise barriers. The design of highway noise barriers is a process which involves a logical sequence of events including inventory, analysis, concept development, preliminary design, structural and detail design, etc. This guide indicates how visual design principles can be incorporated into this process. Highway noise abatement measures can create visual problems due to the nature of the noise barrier and its acoustical requirements. This guide illustrates the potential visual problems created by noise barriers and identifies design measures which will minimize the visual disruption of the environment due to noise barrier construction. This guide to the basic principles which affect visual perception should serve as a tool for the designer of highway noise barriers. It is not the purpose of this publication to provide design solutions to noise abatement, but rather it is to illustrate and emphasize the need for visual quality as part of the design process. As such, the manual should be used as a supplement to technical information concerning noise abatement in an effort to produce highway noise barriers which are functional, attractive, and visually related to the surrounding environment.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This is a reissue of the publication that was published in December 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Organization for Environmental Growth, Incorporated

    3612 12th Street, NE
    Washington, DC  United States  20017

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Blum, Randolph F
  • Publication Date: 1994-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 132p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01766461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HI-94-039, Implementation Package 77-12
  • Created Date: Feb 5 2021 2:59PM