Study on highway noise

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

ROADS and Mar­itime have con­firmed a re­port in­ves­ti­gat­ing noise im­pacts of the Rich­mond River to Bal­lina By­pass sec­tion of the Pa­cific Highway up­grade would be made pub­lic in the com­ing months.

In part, the re­port would help in­form the in­ves­ti­ga­tion about a po­ten­tial change to low noise pave­ment in this area.

The change was flagged at a meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary be­tween the RMS and con­cerned res­i­dents at Meer­schaum Vale where the highway was planned to en­croach part of the ru­ral vil­lage.

In its Septem­ber com­mu­nity up­date, the RMS said the re­port would guide the de­vel­op­ment’s next steps in terms of mit­i­ga­tion by pro­vid­ing an un­der­stand­ing of the noise lev­els ex­pected to be gen­er­ated dur­ing the op­er­a­tion of the new highway.

The re­port would also de­tail a list of res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties el­i­gi­ble for a range of at-house noise treat­ment.

Once the new highway is up and run­ning, the project team was ex­pected to con­duct fur­ther noise mon­i­tor­ing to as­sess noise mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures.

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