Road Traffic Noise
Road traffic noise is the most common environmental problem facing our communities. More roads are being upgraded to accommodate a greater traffic flow and new motorways are being constructed through densely populated residential areas. Building developments are being located nearer to main roads and the set-back distance from the front boundary is often minimal.
Roadside noise barriers have, in the last twenty years, become a feature of all our new motorways. Day Design has assisted both government and private industry in the design and development of suitable noise barriers.
As sleeping areas in many residences are situated near the front, increased traffic noise results in interrupted sleep patterns with the resultant ill health effects.
There are a number of noise criteria that can be used for guidance including SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s document ‘Developments near Rail Corridors and Busy Roads’, and the EPA’s Road Noise Policy.