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Project Experience: I-93/I-95/Rt. 128 Improvements Study, Noise Analysis and Abatement Evaluation, MA

The Challenge

HMMH conducted a complete noise impact and abatement study for the Environmental Assessment for the proposed I-93/I-95/Route 128 Improvements in Canton and Westwood, Massachusetts. The noise study was recently updated to conform to the revised 2011 FHWA noise regulations under 23CFR772 and MassDOT's updated 2011 noise policy.

The Strategy

HMMH's study involved short- and long-term noise measurements, noise modeling of the entire study area with FHWA's Traffic Noise Model (TNM), assessment of noise impact to residential and recreational areas adjacent to the highways, and evaluation of the feasibility and reasonableness of noise barriers to mitigate the noise impacts.

The Solution

Under MassDOT's revised noise policy, HMMH evaluated the noise impact and reasonableness of abatement for the nearby golf course and trail recreation areas based on the frequency of human use during busy periods. HMMH prepared a complete noise study report with tables of noise impact, graphics showing the project improvements and noise-sensitive receptors in the study corridor, and tables with details of the noise barriers evaluated for feasibility and cost-reasonableness.