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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 742; doi:10.3390/su8080742

State-of-the-Art Review on Sustainable Design and Construction of Quieter Pavements—Part 1: Traffic Noise Measurement and Abatement Techniques

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Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 46156, USA
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ATS Consulting, 215 North Marengo Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Academic Editor: Víctor Yepes
Received: 16 June 2016 / Revised: 25 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 / Published: 4 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)

Abstract

Noise pollution due to highway traffic has drawn the attention of transportation agencies worldwide. Noise pollution is an irritant to residents, especially in urban areas near roads with high traffic volume. In addition to its adverse effects on the quality of life, traffic noise can induce stress that could lead to sleep disturbance and anxiety. Traditionally, noise barrier walls have been used for highways to mitigate traffic noise. However, using barrier walls as a noise abatement measure has proven to be very expensive. In addition to the cost, noise barrier walls are not always effective because they must break the line of sight to work properly, which is not always possible in case of intersections or driveways. Therefore, researchers especially from Europe and USA have been very proactive to reduce the noise at source. A number of research studies show traffic noise can be reduced by using an alternative surface type or changing texture of the pavement while complying with other requirements of sustainability, i.e., safety, structural durability, construction and maintenance costs. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the research conducted on this subject. A review of the tire-pavement noise generation and amplification mechanism, various traffic noise measurement methods and correlation among these methods, in addition to the abatement techniques used by various agencies to reduce pavement noise, is also presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable design; tire-pavement noise; noise generation mechanism; noise measurement method; noise abatement techniques sustainable design; tire-pavement noise; noise generation mechanism; noise measurement method; noise abatement techniques
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Ohiduzzaman, M.; Sirin, O.; Kassem, E.; Rochat, J.L. State-of-the-Art Review on Sustainable Design and Construction of Quieter Pavements—Part 1: Traffic Noise Measurement and Abatement Techniques. Sustainability 2016, 8, 742.

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