Michigan’s Model Highway Noise Ordinance: Technical Issues and Approaches

This paper describes how Michigan’s Model Highway Noise Ordinance is an initiative that was developed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), to encourage local governments to plan and to zone land adjacent to existing highways to protect future land development from becoming incompatible with anticipated highway noise. The paper provides noise ordinance language and technical guidance in order to help local governments meet a requirement of MDOT’s Type II noise barrier program – adoption of a highway noise ordinance. In addition to quality of life benefits, this action is expected to preserve the investment in highways and prevent additional expensive noise mitigation measures which compete with other road improvements for funding. Technical issues involved with development of this model noise ordinance included: relating highway loudest hour traffic noise standards to community day-night noise standards; selecting protective outdoor and indoor noise standards and separation distances from highways; and accounting for future traffic growth while considering highway capacity. Another feature, the Neighborhood Noise Analysis, provides flexibility so that developers can account for: site specific acoustical conditions; redesigning a site to move noise sensitive activities away from highways; constructing noise barriers to reduce separation distances; and redesigning buildings to increase building insulation.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 27-36
  • Monograph Title: Noise-Con 04. The 2004 National Conference on Noise Control Engineering

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01054189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2007 11:17AM