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Ground and Pavement Effects using FHWA’s Traffic Noise Model® 2.5

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DOT-VNTSC-FHWA-10-01
FHWA-HEP-10-021
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Natural and Human Environment
Washington, DC 20590

U.S. Department of Transportation
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Acoustics Facility
Kendal Square
Cambridge, MA 02142-1093

April 2010
Final Report

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The Volpe Center Acoustics Facility, in support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been conducting a study to investigate the effects of using different ground types based on an improved understanding of the characteristics of the ground types defined in FHWA's Traffic Noise Model (TNM) version 2.5. This study also investigates the effects of using specific pavement types, as opposed to Average pavement, when the pavement type is known. The results of this study indicate that improvements in the correlation between predicted and measured results can be achieved by selecting the best ground type and pavement type for the model.

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