Transport noise and vibration can cause a range of impacts on people and communities from general interference with everyday activities to more significant effects such as sleep disturbance. We have developed a State highway environmental and social responsibility plan that addresses these effects.
Noise and vibration from construction and maintenance activities is an important consideration. We have prepared a number of resources to assist our staff, consultants and contractors in the management of construction noise and vibration.
Land use planning attempts to address noise in a strategic manner. It can provide consistency and certainty when implemented early in the planning process. Land use planning approaches to control the effects of noise can occur at a national, regional or district/city level and can be complemented by other measures such as bylaws (for example restrictions on engine braking) and urban design.
The following guidance and specifications set out Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s expectations of the required minimum levels of service, consolidate practical experience gained by the organisation and disseminate specific specialist knowledge relating to highway planning, construction, operation and maintenance so this knowledge can be applied efficiently and consistently across the network.
There are a number of factors that contribute to noise and vibration effects in relation to road traffic and road construction projects. Read our frequently asked questions to find out more about where noise and vibration comes from, how it may affect you and what the Transport Agency can do to manage these issues.