Introductory comments are made on the possibilities that exist for controlling the environmental impact of highway traffic noise. It is pointed out that while federal law directs highway agencies to consider the problem of noise during the development of highway projects, these efforts are generally limited to measures that can be taken during the planning and design phases of a highway project, and those measures do not always solve the noise problem. Noise source (the motor vehicle) control and land use control must be combined with these efforts. Since the highest payoff if seen as source control, this proposition was explored and evaluated in the Workshop on Motor Vehicle Noise Control. The purposes of the workshop are summarized in this introduction and include the following: (1) to assist those concerned with highway traffic noise in developing a broader perspective on how the problem can be solved; (2) to specifically examine in some depth the present activities and state of progress on one direction of attack, namely, controlling noise at the source; (3) to appraise the extent of the overall traffic noise reduction that is possible and that can reasonably be expected to result from vehicle source control in the future; and (4) to identify and describe actions that can be taken by federal, state, and local governments and industry to control vehicle noise at the source.

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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00098520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM