Japan's economic growth since the 1950s has increased transportation demand, and a nationwide system is now being constructed. One of the main issues regarding highway improvement is to harmonize highway construction with its surrounding environment. This report describes the Japanese experience with noise abatement measures, including the use of absorptive and reflective barriers, shelters, plantings, and buffer zones. Because of the high population density and much mountainous country, use of alternative routes has proved extremely difficult. Cost comparison studies indicate that both on-highway (barriers) and off-highway (building insulation) noise abatement measures should be used for effectiveness and economy. /Author/

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    • Kitamura, Teruki
    • Torii, Yasumasa
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 3-10
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and land use planning abroad
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  • Accession Number: 00139630
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  • Created Date: Nov 17 1976 12:00AM