Tire/Pavement and Environmental Traffic Noise Research Study Interim Report – 2007 Testing

This research study is being conducted in response to the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT’s) interest in traffic noise in general, and the tire/pavement interaction in particular. Following a rigid set of testing protocols, data are being collected on highway traffic noise characteristics along with safety and durability aspects of the associated pavements. The overall goal of this research project is to develop and execute a comprehensive, long-term study to determine if a particular pavement surface type and/or texture can be successfully used in Colorado to help satisfy FHWA noise mitigation requirements. The study is needed to accomplish the following: Determine the noise generation/reduction characteristics of pavements as functions of pavement type, pavement texture, age, time, traffic loading, and distance away from the pavement; Determine a correlation between source measurements using on-board sound intensity (OBSI), and statistical passby (SPB) and time-averaged wayside measurements; and Accumulate information that can be used for validation and verification of the accuracy of the FHWA Traffic Noise Model (TNM) to use on future Colorado highway projects. The information included in this report highlights the second in a series of four measurements to be collected over a five-year period. While some of this information can be used immediately for decisions related to pavement design and specification, it is recommended that caution be exercised as the results from future testing will help further define the long-term acoustical durability of these pavement surfaces.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Transtec Group, Incorporated

    6111 Balcones Drive
    Austin, TX  United States  78731

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    DTD Applied Research and Innovation Branch
    4201 E Arkansas Avenue
    Denver, CO  United States  80222

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rasmussen, Robert Otto
    • Whirledge, Robert P
  • Publication Date: 2009-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Interim Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 117p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01147426
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CDOT-2009-6
  • Contract Numbers: 35.00
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2009 3:34PM