Previous studies of highway noise have shown an effect on the price of housing that seems to vary considerably with location. In this analysis, six sites that consist of similar housing in parallel rows adjacent to major roads were identified, and data on real estate transactions and noise levels were collected. Analysis of variance indicated that there were significant differences in price between rows of houses only at the two noisiest sites. Consequently multiple regression analysis was performed for two subsets of the sites based on noise level. The results show that at very noisy locations (daytime L sub eq of 73 dB(A) or higher) noise is strongly related to differences in housing prices and is valued at approximately $650/dB. At less noisy sites (daytime L sub eq less than 70 dB(A)), noise is not significantly related to difference in housing prices. These results suggest that some noise impacts are not a linear function of sound level and that noise reduction at very noisy locations is more important that at less noisy ones. /Authors/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 38-43
  • Monograph Title: Effects of transportation on the community
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  • Accession Number: 00196674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028310
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 811
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM