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Noise Barrier Design Handbook

16. Tools to Assist

This section discusses available tools to assist the highway engineer, barrier designer, and community participant in barrier design. These tools should be used to supplement the information described in this Handbook.

16.1 Barrier Design Video and CD-ROM

This Handbook is accompanied by a complementary videotape and CD-ROM ref.2 and ref.3. The video highlights the important aspects of the Handbook using film footage and photographic examples of noise barrier designs. The CD-ROM contains the complete Handbook, the entire data base of photographs taken in support of this study (over 3000 total), State Transportation Agency (SHA) highway noise policies, as well as contact information. The photo-data base is directly linked to related sections, subsections, and photographs within the Handbook itself. Section 16.5 also lists SHA personnel, their addresses, and phone numbers.

16.2 FHWA Traffic Noise Model

FHWA Traffic Noise Model, Version 1.0 (FHWA TNM) is an entirely new, state-of-the-art computer program used for predicting noise impacts in the vicinity of highways ref.4, ref.5, ref.6 and ref.7. The FHWA TNM replaces the FHWA's prior prediction model and software, STAMINA 2.0/OPTIMA. ref.29 and ref.73. The FHWA TNM contains the following components:

These components are supported by a scientifically-founded and experimentally-calibrated acoustic computation methodology, as well as an entirely new, and more flexible data base, as compared with that of its predecessor, STAMINA 2.0/OPTIMA. The Data Base is made up of over 6000 individual vehicle pass-by events measured at forty sites across the country. It is the primary building block around which the acoustic algorithms are structured.

Further information on TNM can be found on the McTrans Website ( or by contacting McTrans at:

McTrans Center
University of Florida
512 Weil Hall
P.O. Box 116585
Gainsville, FL 32611-6585
PHONE:(352) 392-0378
FAX:(352) 392-3224


This Handbook cites as references many national and international standards. These standards contain technical specifications, methodologies, or other criteria to be used to ensure consistency in definitions, practices, materials, products, etc. The following provides contact information for pertinent standards organizations:

16.4 Technical Documents

The Reference section of this report cites many technical documents and field studies used in the development of this Handbook. The majority of those documents can be obtained either from the appropriate State Departments of Transportation (see Section 16.5) or from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTIS is the federal government's central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. government. NTIS also maintains complementary material from international sources.

National Technical Information Service
Technology Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Springfield, VA 22161
Telephone: 1-800-553-NTIS (6847) or (703) 605-6000
Fax: (703) 605-6900

16.5 State Departments of Transportation

The following is a list of State Department of Transportation contacts for highway noise:

State Contact Address Phone
Alabama Rick Mook Environmental Technical Section
Alabama Dept. of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Fax: 334-269-0826
Alaska Dave Bloom Alaska Dept. of Transportation
2301 Peger Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Fax: 907-451-5390
Arizona Liz Szews Environmental Planning Services
Arizona Dept. of Transportation
205 South 17th Ave., Room 213, Mail Drop 619E
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-3212
Fax: 602-407-3066
Arkansas Mike Webb Environmental Division
Arkansas Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Fax: 501-569-2009
California Keith Jones CALTRANS Environmental Program
1120 N Street, Mail Station 27
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Colorado Makeba Adesunloye Colorado Dept. of Transportation
Office of Environmental Review
4201 East Arkansas Ave., Room 284
Denver, Colorado 80222-3400
Fax: 303-757-9445
Connecticut Carmine Trotta Connecticut Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 317546
2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, Connecticut 06131-7546
Fax: 860-594-3028
Delaware Richard K. Vetter Delaware Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 778
Dover, Delaware 19903
Fax: 302-739-2251
Florida Win Lindeman Florida Dept. of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street, MS-37
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
Fax: 850-922-7217
Georgia Susan Knudson Georgia Dept. of Transportation
3993 Aviation Circle
Atlanta, GA 30336
Fax: 404-699-4440
Hawaii Alfred Makino Hawaii Dept. of Transportation
Highway Division
869 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Fax: 808-832-1787
Idaho Roy Jost
Environmental Planner
Idaho Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 7129
Boise, Idaho 83707-1129
Fax: 208-334-3858
Illinois Mike Bruns
Noise Specialist
Illinois Dept. of Transportation
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Rm 330
Springfield, Illinois 62764
Fax: 217-524-9356
Indiana Steve Cecil Indiana Dept. of Highways
Room 848, State Office Building
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2249
Fax: 317-232-5478
Iowa Ron Ridnour Office of Project Planning
Iowa Dept. of Transportation
Ames, Iowa 50010
Fax: 515-239-1982
Kansas Scott P. Vogel Environmental Services Section
Kansas Dept. of Transportation
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Fax: 785-296-8399
Kentucky Barry Adkins Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Environmental Analysis
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40622-1994
Fax: 502-564-5655
Louisiana Noel Ardoin Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development
P.O. Box 94245
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9245
Fax: 225-929-9188
Maine William S. Rollins Maine Dept. of Transportation
Design Division
16 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0016
Fax: 207-287-6737
Maryland Ken Polcak Maryland State Highway Adm.
Office of Environmental Design
707 N. Calvert Street C-305
Baltimore, MD 21202
Fax: 410-333-4126
Massachusetts Mike Paiewonsky Massachusetts Highway Dept.
10 Park Plaza, Room 4260
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3973
Fax: 617-973-8879
Michigan Tom Peek Michigan Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Fax: 517-373-9255
Minnesota Melvin Roseen Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
Noise Analysis Unit
6000 Minnehaha Avenue, South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55111
Fax: 612-725-2385
Mississippi Elton D. Holloway Planning Division
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 1850
Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1850
Fax: 601-359-7652
Missouri Macey Jett Missouri Highway Transportation Dept.
P.O. Box 270
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Fax: 573-526-3239
Montana Cora G. Helm Montana Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 201001
Helena, Montana 59620-1001
Fax: 406-444-7245
Nebraska Cynthia Veys Project Development Division
Nebraska Department of Roads
P.O. Box 94759
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4759
Fax: 402-479-4325
Nevada Mike Painter Environmental Services Division
Nevada Dept. of Transportation
1263 South Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5229
Fax: 702-888-7104
New Hampshire Charles Hood Bureau of Environment Room 109
New Hampshire Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 483
Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0483
Fax: 603-271-3914
New Jersey Domenick Billera New Jersey Dept. of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue, CN-600
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Fax: 609-530-3767
New Mexico Brenda Ramanathan Environmental Section, Room 213
New Mexico State Hwy Trans. Dept.
P.O. Box 1149
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
Fax: 505-827-6862
New York William McColl Environmental Analysis Bureau
New York State Dept. of Transportation
State Campus, 5-303
Albany, New York 12232
Fax: 518-457-6887
North Carolina Stephen Walker North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
Planning Research Branch
P.O. Box 25201
Raleigh, North Carolina 27611
Fax: 919-733-9794
North Dakota Ben Kubischta North Dakota Dept. of Transportation
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismark, North Dakota 58505-0700
Ohio Elvin W. Pinckney Ohio Dept. of Transportation
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Fax: 614-728-7368
Oklahoma Dawn Sullivan Environmental Studies, Planning Division
Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation
200 Northeast 21st Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Fax: 405-521-6917
Oregon David Goodwin Environmental Services
Oregon Dept. of Transportation
1158 Chemekcta Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97310
Fax: 503-986-3524
Pennsylvania Mark Lombard Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
Forum Place, 7th Floor
555 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-1900
Fax: 717-772-0834
Puerto Rico Irma M. Garcia Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority
P.O. Box 42007
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00940
Fax: 787-727-5503
Rhode Island Ken Burke Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation
Highway Engineering Division
2 Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Fax: 401-222-3006
South Carolina Wayne Hall Environmental Section
South Carolina Dept. of Transportation
Post Office Box 191
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Fax: 803-737-9868
South Dakota James D. Nelson South Dakota Dept. of Transportation
700 E. Broadway Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2586
Fax: 605-773-6608
Tennessee Raymond Brisson Tennessee Dept. of Transportation
Environmental Planning Division
900 James K. Polk Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0334
Fax: 615-532-8451
Texas Mike Shearer State Department of Transportation
125 E. 11th D-8E
Austin, Texas 78071-2483
Fax: 512-416-2319
Utah Robb Edgar Utah Dept. of Transportation
Materials Division
Box 148410
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-8410
Vermont Dennis Benjamin Technical Services Division
Agency of Transportation
133 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Fax: 802-828-3983
Virginia Cary Adkins Environmental Division
Virginia Dept. of Transportation
1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Fax: 804-786-7401
Washington Martin Palmer Washington State Dept. of Transportation
15700 Dayton Avenue North, MS-138
Seattle, Washington 98133-9710
Fax: 360-705-6833
West Virginia James Colby West Virginia Dept. of Transportation
State Capitol Complex, Bldg. 5, Rm A-464
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
Fax: 304-558-1334
Wisconsin Jay Waldschmidt Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
Bureau of Environment, Room 451
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7965
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-9806
Fax: 608-266-7818
Wyoming Timothy L. Stark Environmental Services Engineer
Wyoming Dept. of Transportation
P.O. Box 1708
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003-1708
Fax: 307-777-4193

16.6 Training Courses

There are several training courses provided on the basics of highway traffic noise, including a special focus on highway traffic noise prediction and barrier design (from the acoustic standpoint). For more information on available training courses, contact Robert Armstrong at:

Federal Highway Administration, HEPN
400 Seventh Street
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-2073
(202) 366-3409

Updated: 10/19/2015
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