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Noise Barriers

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Highway traffic noise has been a Federal, State, and local concern since the first noise barrier was built in 1963. This page provides guidelines on how to design a highway noise barrier that fits with its surroundings and performs its intended acoustical and structural functions at reasonable life-cycle cost; and a state-of-the-art reference of common concepts, designs, materials, and installation techniques for the professional highway engineer, the noise barrier designer, and the non-professional community participant.

Updated: 3/16/2016
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