A description of motor vehicle noise sources and the potential for their control is provided. The report presents an overview of the suggested noise prediction methodology, which is a four step process that includes approximating noise impacts using a nomograph procedure to determine noise levels associated with given traffic and site characteristics; refining these predictions by more accurate representation of design parameters and use of a computer program that is able to plot as well as calculate noise impact; introducing appropriate noise-control options and evaluate them, using a noise barrier nomograph solution; lastly, selected options are fully evaluated using the computer program. A comprehensive review of noise control measures, including not only barriers but also other alternatives, such as grade separation, decks, and right-of-way modifications. Procedures for measuring background noise levels, an evaluation of an environmental impact assessment procedure, and a user's manual describing and listing the computer programs for predicting and plotting highway noise levels are also included.

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  • Authors:
    • Kugler, B A
    • Comins, D E
    • Galloway, W J
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13 p.
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    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 174
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614

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  • Accession Number: 00163055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM