F3 FREEWAY - WAHROONGA TO BEROWRA: LESSONS LEARNT ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEASURED NOISE AND COMMUNITY ANNOYANCE

The F3 Freeway (Wahroonga to Berowra section), also known as the Hornsby Bypass, was opened in March 1989. Prior to its opening, the RTA determined to undertake a before-after monitoring program of traffic noise levels and community reaction to the changed traffic noise conditions known as a 'longitudinal' study. This paper summarises the outcome of over 1600 surveys in residences and workplaces as well as student questionnaire surveys in primary and secondary schools along the F3 and on the Pacific Highway and sub- arterial and collector routes from which traffic was expected to be displaced. Opinion surveys and traffic noise measurements were undertaken. The relationship between measured noise and the level of community annoyance and dissatisfaction with traffic noise was statistically tested to test for any dose-response significance. This was the first systematic before-after study undertaken in relation to traffic noise change in Australia and a number of lessons have been learnt about community response to traffic noise and disruption to activities in the home, workplace and in schools. Many findings support case studies from other countries. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 225-45

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  • Accession Number: 00669833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM