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Management of road traffic noise effects

Published: | Category: Planning, design, funding, building, maintenance of the transport network , Guidance for specialists | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

This brochure summarises how the NZ Transport Agency, working together with local authorities and landowners/developers, manages road traffic noise effects on new developments and altered buildings.

For example new houses built near to an existing state highway may be affected by traffic noise. Other noise sensitive activities such as schools, hospitals, hotels, places of worship, motels and offices can also be similarly affected.

Managing the effects of road traffic noise reduces sleep and learning disturbance caused by noise exposure. In turn this helps manage reverse sensitivity effects on the state highway network.

Keywords: noise, reverse sensitivity, noise sensitive activity, manage road traffic noise, acoustics, sleep disturbance, new developments, altered buildings, noise barriers, buffer area, effects area, expressway, state highway.

Publication details

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  • Published: March 2016

More information

Further information can be found in the Transport Agency’s Guide to the management of effects on noise sensitive land use near to the state highway network at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resources/effects-on-noise-sensitive-land/effects-on-noise-sensitive-land-use.pdf (external link)(external link). Also at our acoustics website: https://acoustics.nzta.govt.nz/reverse-sensitivity-provisions(external link)(external link)

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