Traffic Noise Workshop

October 23, 2007

Contact: William J. Capone, Director 
Communications & Public Relations
717.939.9551 Ext. 3040

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission helps Residents Understand
Traffic Noise Analysis
(The science behind noise wall decisions for Pennsylvania highway projects)

(Towamencin Twp.)— In an effort to educate people about the science of traffic noise analysis, Senator Rob Wonderling, 24th Legislative District and Towamencin Township recently held a Noise Workshop with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The workshop provided insight on the science of traffic noise monitoring, modeling and mitigation raised by local residents during Towamencin’s Township Meeting this July.

Representatives Kate Harper and Jay Moyer attended that meeting and supported Senator Wonderling’s recommendation to hold the noise workshop with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Nearly 120 individuals attended the Township Meeting in July, and more than half of that audience returned for the October workshop.

A representative of A.D. Marble & Company conducted the traffic noise workshop. A. D. Marble & Company is under contract with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as part of the Northeastern Extension total reconstruction and widening project team to provide environmental services, including traffic noise analysis.

“The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission understands the importance of traffic noise mitigation, and the need to provide answers to the questions the public has about the process,” noted Turnpike Project Manager Gerald Rollman. “Our goal for this workshop was to provide an explanation of the federal criteria and state guidelines that the Commission utilizes to provide for continuity in noise analyses and mitigation applications across a statewide transportation network.”

“We believe the workshop was a good idea, and look forward to continuing to work with all township officials, state legislators, and the public throughout the project corridor to achieve the best outcomes possible for this project,” added Rollman.

The Turnpike Commission plans to release the results of the Northeastern Extension total reconstruction and widening noise study for the 10.5-mile project area from the Mid-County Interchange to the Lansdale Interchange in the spring of 2008.

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