Canadian Buses Too Noisy for Woman (Apr. 19, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reported a complaint from a woman who says that diesel buses make more noise than the electric trolley buses from previous years.
Canadian Mayor Backs Skytrain Tunnel Option to Reduce Noise in Small Town of Port Moody (Apr. 19, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reported on a proposed tunnel extension under Port Moody, a self-described backwater town. At issue is the noise and visual impact that the SkyTrin has on the small city. They town's mayor told a capacity audience at a public hearing (sponsored by the Rapid Transit Project Office-RPTO) that a tunnel extension would reduce the impact.
Floridians Say Trains Noisier Than Airplanes (Apr. 19, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed this letter to the editor responding to complaints from complaints about airport noise. The letters are printed in their entirety.
Rhode Island Night Club Owners Appeal Noise Violation: Claim it is Unconstitutional (Apr. 19, 2000). According to an article in the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Town Council suspended a local business for violating an after-hours noise ordinance, but stayed the suspension when a Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing the club to operate until a new court hearing.
San Jose Activist Group Battles Major Construction Project by Caltrain (Apr. 19, 2000). According to the San Jose Mercury News, a new activist group, Citizens against Caltrain Lenzen Maintenance Facility, is taking the lead in the continuing battle to prevent the company from building a 24-acre railroad maintenance facility in San Jose's historic district.
Erroneous Planning Excludes Some Tennessee Homes From Noise Abatement Measures (Apr. 18, 2000). The Knoxville News-Sentinel printed this letter to the editor about the impact of an interstate highway on homes. Of special interest is the article's explanation of an error planning that resulted in a loss of noise abatement measures for one neighborhood. The letter is printed in its entirety.
Local Officials in Canada Meet With Federal Minister to Discuss Train Noise (Apr. 18, 2000). The Montreal Gazette printed an article about noise and pollution from trains that pass through Canadian cities. Town officials from Cote St. Luc and Hamstead are appealing to federal Transport Minister David Collenette for help.
Chicago Area Residents Voice Opinions on Train Whistles (Apr. 17, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times printed an article about train whistles, noise, liability and personal responsibility.
India Says It Must Control Population to Save the Environment: Noise Among Major Issues (Apr. 17, 2000). An article in Business Line printed an article regarding the primary cause of pollution in India--overpopulation. Noise was a major concern.
Natural Sound Wall for City of Berkeley Needs State Approval (Apr. 17, 2000). According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city of Berkeley designed a natural sound wall of flora and fauna along Interstate 80, and asked the state's transportation department to approve the special design.
Chicago is a Noisy City and Residents Suffer (Apr. 16, 2000). The Chicago-Times printed an editorial in the Sunday edition about the impact of noise from many different sources has on residents in the Chicago-area.
NYC Night Shift Employees Too Noisy for Neighborhood (Apr. 16, 2000). The New York Times reported that Metropolitan Transit third shift employees (11pm to 5am) are too noisy, and neighbors have organized to bring the problem to the company's attention.
Ohio Town Writes New Noise Ordinance Because of Noisy Semi Trucks (Apr. 16, 2000). According to the Columbus Dispatch, truck traffic in downtown Delaware, Ohio has sparked a debate on whether anyone can do anything about the jarring noise, which can shake the mortar loose from the bricks.
Canadian City Planner to Tear Down Noise Walls for Good (Apr. 15, 2000). The Ottawa Citizen printed an article about a city planner in Nepean, Ottawa who is redesigning the city and building in more character. Included in the plans is the elimination of noise walls in neighborhoods.
New Hampshire Town Says No to New Subdivision Near Interstate 293 (Apr. 15, 2000). The Union Leader printed an article regarding the Manchester City Planning Board and controversy over Interstate 293. The article said that a landowner wants to build an 11-lot subdivision near the interstate, but the board already said no in 1999--because of noise. The article said that six homes would "actually have I-293 in their back yard."
New Noise Walls Planned But Who Picks Up the Tab? (Apr. 15, 2000). According to the Arizona Republic, noise from Interstate 10 already interferes with the quality of life and peace of mind for residents who live nearby, but a construction project for a local loop has added to the din.
New 2000 Subaru Legacy Loaded With Many Noise-Reduction Features (Apr. 14, 2000). The London Free Press published an article by automotive writer Dan Proudfoot touting the virtues of the new 2000 model Subaru Legacy, including reduced engine and driving noise.
New Nissan Sentra Produces Less Interior Noise (Apr. 14, 2000). The Washington Times published an auto review on the new Nissan Sentra. The reviewer reports very favorably on the vehicle, and is particularly impressed with its quieter interior.
World's First Noise-Reducing Automobile Wheels Developed (Apr. 12, 2000). The Jiji Press Ticker Service out of Tokyo reports that Bridgestone Corporation and Topy Industries, Ltd. have come together to create the first automobile wheels that substantially reduce noise. The wheels accomplish this because of shock-absorbing rubber installed between the rim and the disc.
State of Illinois to Build Sound Barrier Wall for Residents of Busy Road in Village of Lombard (Apr. 12, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that some residents who live on busy North Avenue in Lombard, Illinois have complained about the traffic noise. The state plans to begin a $29.5 million project to widen three miles of the street, turning it into a six-lane highway, and has agreed to install two sound barrier walls on the south side of North Avenue to help reduce the traffic noise. The wall will either be made of wood or concrete.
Homeowners in Exeter, England May Apply for Government Compensation Because of Exposure to Noise from Newly Opened Highway (Apr. 11, 2000). The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that residents living near a newly opened highway, the A30, may apply for compensation from the government through the Highways Agency. The homeowners are eligible for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973, which states that "there is a right to compensation when property is devalued by more than GBP 50 as a result of physical factors such as noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting."
Trains Annoy Reader in Malaysia (Apr. 11, 2000). The New Straits Times in Malaysia published a letter to the editor from a reader who is bothered by noise from LRT trains. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Richfield Village Neighborhood Relieved that Sound Wall Will Finally be Built Along Interstate 15 (Apr. 10, 2000). The Las Vegas Review-Journal's City Desk column reports that residents near an interstate in Richfield, Nevada may finally get some relief from bothersome noise from the highway.
Road Project in Aranda, Australia Will Bring More Traffic and Noise (Apr. 8, 2000). The Canberra Times reports that residents in Aranda, Australia, led by John Kovacic, president of the Aranda Residents' Group, are concerned by the $20 million Gungahlin Drive parkway extension project. They fear it will bring increased traffic and noise to their community. Kovacic recently appeared before the Legislative Assembly's urban services committee to plead the residents' case.
Neighbors in Bristol, Connecticut Frustrated Because Dirt Bike Riders on Private Property Are Allowed to Keep Riding With Owner's Permission (Apr. 7, 2000). The Hartford Courant in Connecticut reports that some residents in Bristol have complained to the city about motorcyclists, many of them teenagers, who ride on a dirt track near their homes. Nearly one hundred neighbors signed a petition asking the city to restrict the hours that the bikers can ride to before 6:00 PM, with a ban on riding on Sundays.
Albany, New York Considers Adoption of New Noise Ordinance (Apr. 7, 2000). The Times Union in Albany, New York reports that the city of Albany has proposed a noise ordinance that will be presented at a public meeting on April 25. The city decided it needed to instate a noise ordinance after having received ongoing complaints from residents who were continually annoyed by the sound of motorbike riders.
Motorcyclists Who Patronize Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida Asked to Quiet Their Engines (Apr. 7, 2000). The Fort Pierce News in Florida reports that residents who live near Archie's Seabreeze Restaurant in Fort Pierce have complained vehemently about motorcycle noise from the patrons at the restaurant, which has been a motorcycle hangout for over fifty years.
New Concrete Highway in Exeter, England Draws Ire from Residents (Apr. 6, 2000). The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that the final stretch of the new A30 highway has been completed. The new "M5 junction" opens today. Next week the Highways Agency will begin noise testing on the new road.
Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida Crack Down on Loud Car Stereos (Apr. 6, 2000). The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Port St. Lucie, Florida recently engaged in "Operation Silent Night," an undercover plan to ticket drivers who play their car radios and stereos too loud. They gave out traffic tickets to eighteen drivers at $50 per ticket. They also issued one misdemeanor noise violation with a fine of $100 and a notice for the driver to appear in court.
Homeowners Living Near Interstate in Deerfield, Illinois Want Sound Barrier Installed (Apr. 6, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some residents in Deerfield, Illinois who live near Interstate 294 are requesting that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority erect a sound wall to protect their neighborhood from noise after a new highway ramp is built.
Farm Family in Erewash Borough, England Wants to Build Road Embankment to Shield Farm from Traffic Noise (Apr. 5, 2000). The Derby Evening Telegraph in England reports that a farm family in the Borough of Erewash wants to build their own sound berm to protect their farm from the noise created by the busy road along which the farm is located.
Lakes Wales, Florida Arts Council Requests City and County Funding to Soundproof its Facility (Apr. 4, 2000). The Ledger in Florida reports that the Lake Wales Arts Council has asked the city of Lakes Wales and the county for $9,000 each to pay for the costs to soundproof the Arts Center, which is located in the former Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the busy and noisy intersection of State Road 60 and 11th Street.
Utah Department of Transportation to Construct Sound Wall Along U.S. Route 6 in Spanish Fork (Apr. 4, 2000). The Deseret News in Utah reports that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has agreed to install a sound wall along busy U.S. Route 6 in the town of Spanish Fork. The walls will be made of concret, 12 to 14-feet high. They will lower the sound from passing cars, trucks, and even trains in the vicinity to less than 65 decibels. The traffic noise has been concerning residents along the road for years.
Clinton, Massachusetts Residents Continue to Protest Warehouse Opening Due to Excessive Truck Traffic and Noise (Apr. 3, 2000). The Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram and Gazette reports that a giant 344,000 square foot warehouse has opened in Clinton, Massachusetts, and has generated complaints from residents about excessive truck traffic and noise.
Reader in San Clemente, California Worried that Noise From New Toll Road Will Ruin San Clemente Backcountry Experience (Apr. 2, 2000). The Orange County Register in California printed an editorial by Steve Netherby of San Clemente. He is extremely concerned about plans to build the Foothill South Toll Road. He is worried about the noise and other environmental assaults that the expressway, as well as other types of development, would produce in the area and the negative impact it will have on the San Clemente backcountry.
Residents in Bryden Canyon, Idaho Up in Arms Over New Road (Apr. 2, 2000). The Lewiston Morning Tribune in Idaho reports that a new road in Bryden Canyon, which opened in 1999, has brought nothing but noise and problems to residents who lived there before the road opened. The new road, Bryden Canyon Road, is four lanes wide and connects Southway Bridge and Snake River Avenue to the Orchards. The residents are very displeased with the lack of concern by the city and the city's refusal to follow through on promised noise mitigation.
Missouri Bill Introduced to Ban "Jake Brakes" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Associated Press reports that Roger Albright of Stewartsville, Missouri recently met with the Missouri Senate Transportation Committee to complain about loud truck "Jake Brakes" and to ask for legislation outlawing them. Albright claims that eighteen wheelers routinely engage the brakes on the road near his home, making it extremely difficult to sleep.
Westwood, Tennessee Residents Complain to State About Highway Noise (Mar. 31, 2000). The Knoxville News-Sentinel in Tennessee reports that residents in Westwood feel that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not living up to its responsibilities to alleviate the traffic noise that the residents are now subjected to as a result of widening Interstate 40.
Readers Complain That Radio Stations Compromise Drivers' Safety By Use of Horns and Sirens on Radio Shows (Mar. 30, 2000). The Washington Post published several letters to the editor in a column called "Dr. Gridlock," complaining about drivers' safety when local radio stations broadcast the sounds of horns and sirens on-air. The letters are reprinted here in their entirety:
Belton, Missouri Candidates for Aldermen Discuss Opinions on Airport Expansion and Highway Widening (Mar. 29, 2000). The Kansas City Star reports that upcoming elections for aldermen in Belton, Missouri hinge on issues that include developing an "intermodal hub" at Richards-Gebaur Memorial Airport, and widening a highway, both of which could bring increased noise to nearby neighborhoods.
Bibb County, Georgia Transportation Plan Likely to Include Highway Noise Barriers (Mar. 29, 2000). The Macon Telegraph reports Bibb County, Georgia's transportation improvement plan and long-range transportation study are currently being updated. Draft plans will be available for public review next month.
Fruit Heights, Utah Business Owners Protest Installation of Highway Sound Barrier (Mar. 29, 2000). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that two businesses in Fruit Heights, Utah are angry that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has installed a sound wall along U.S. Route 89 in front of their businesses, blocking drivers' view of the businesses from the highway, possibly causing them to lose business, and devaluing their real estate.
Protesters Would Like New Highway in Exeter, England to be Resurfaced to Make it Quieter (Mar. 29, 2000). The Express and Echo in Exeter, England reports that a newly-opened highway, the A30 running east from Exeter to Honiton, has been the focus of many complaints from residents who say that the noise from the road is excessive. They want the brushed concrete road to be resurfaced with bitumen, which is quieter.
Suburban Memphis, Tennessee Subdivision Must Deal With Increased Traffic Noise From Williams and Sonoma Distribution Center (Mar. 29, 2000). The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee reports that a Williams and Sonoma distribution plant is being built near the thirty-year old Pleasant Grove subdivision in Memphis, Tennessee. The project has met with mixed reviews from residents.
Hong Kong Legislator Calls for Noise Reduction on City Streets (Mar. 27, 2000). An article in the Hong Kong Times reported that a survey on noise in that city revealed that of the people interviewed, over 90 percent voiced their complaints over the city's traffic noise, and half of those people said that noise disrupted their sleep and caused stress.
Increased Traffic in St. Louis Prompts Requests for Sound Barrier (Mar. 27, 2000). An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an op-ed article about increased traffic in the St. Louis area, prompting some mayors from area cities to take action against the noise.
Interstate Divides Virginia Neighborhoods but not Virginia Neighborhood Organizations (Mar. 25, 2000). The Washington Post reported on three neighborhoods in Arlington that were divided by Interstate 66 in 1982. Spokespeople from three civic associations in Bluemont, North Highlands and Arlington-East Falls Church commented on what the division has meant to their neighborhoods-an increase in noise and traffic as well as a determination to remain united.
Kentucky Environmental Group Fights River Barge Company Over Noise and Growth (Mar. 25, 2000). The Courier-Journal reported that a Louisville company wants to build a barge-unloading site in the Indiana bank of the Ohio River, but environmental group River Fields objects because noise from unloading barges threaten the historic district on the Kentucky side, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
UK Residents, Town Council and Environmental Group Fight Noise and Pollution With Trees (Mar. 25, 2000). An article from the Press Association Newsfile reported on a local effort by residents and environmental group Trees for London to fight noise and fumes from a major highway, the A102(M).
British Government Invests ƒ760,000 on Road Noise Reduction (Mar. 24, 2000). The London Evening Standard reported on a 760,000ƒ noise abatement grant from the Government to reduce road surface noise on a major highway, A52.
Indiana Residents Want Noise Barriers Along I-465 (Mar. 24, 2000). According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana residents from Northeastside want the state highway department to build a noise barrier when they rebuild Interstate 465 this year, and sent a petition to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
UK Invests ƒ1.5M on Noise Abatement (Mar. 24, 2000). The Derby Evening Telegraph reported that in an announcement by transport minister Lord Macdonald, the British Parliament is poised to spend 1.5mƒ on noise mitigation for two English towns, Sawley and Sandiacre.
Creve Coeur Missouri Residents Want Sound Barriers on Interstate But State Must Pay (Mar. 23, 2000). According to the St. Louis Dispatch, residents of Creve Coeur want sound barriers around Interstate 270 among other requests to the city council as it reviews projects under the town's capital improvement plan.
New Zealand Government Has No Plans to Monitor Noise Around Homes Near Bypass (Mar. 23, 2000). The Nelson Mail reported that the New Zealand government says it won't monitor noise from the proposed widening of a bypass. It will, the article said, consider complaints on a case by case basis.
Virginia Noise Walls Not the State's Job (Mar. 23, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot printed this letter to the editor regarding noise walls around interstates. The letter and its response are both in their entirety.
Indiana Residents Cry "Foul" Over Stockyard Deal (Mar. 21, 2000). The Courier-Journal reported that a proposed $1 million stockyard deal in Little York is a source of contention between cattlemen and some town residents who project a positive economic impact and other residents who fear that it will hinder residential development from a neighboring county.
Chicago, Illinois Automobile Owner Hears Grinding Noise in Car Brakes (Mar. 20, 2000). The Chicago Sun-Times automotive question and answer section reports that a reader has a problem with his 1999 Dodge Intrepid. When the reader puts on the brakes, he hears a grinding noise. A Dodge dealer told him that condensation had built up on the brakes and was causing the noise. The dealer wiped off the brakes, but indicated that the grinding noise will come back.
Creve Coeur, Missouri City Council Divided on Need for Sound Barrier Construction Along Interstate 270; Public Hearings to be Held (Mar. 20, 2000). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Creve Coeur, Missouri City Council met recently to discuss the need for sound barrier construction along Interstate 270. Some members do not believe there is a need, and feel that the cost is too high. The Council discussed ways to request the state to change its funding formula in order to have the state pay more of the cost of the sound barrier construction.
Owens Corning Announces Use of its Silentex (tm) Noise Control System on Many Mufflers of European-built DaimlerChrysler Automobiles (Mar. 20, 2000). Canada Newswire reports that Owens Corning has announced that Silentex (tm), its new noise control system, has been chosen by DaimlerChrysler for use in the manufacture of muffler systems on many of its European-built vehicles. The Silentex (tm) system will be used on the mufflers of several Mercedes-Benz models.
Reader Questions Whether Low Automobile Oil Pressure Could be Reason for Unsettling Car Noise (Mar. 20, 2000). The Charleston Daily Mail reports a question posed by a reader to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, syndicated personalities of the "Car Talk" radio program on National Public Radio. The reader states that he has a problem with low oil pressure after stopping his car, which is a 1994 Pontiac Transport with a 3.8 liter V-6 engine and 29,000 miles. He wonders if the problem with his oil pressure could also be related to a "clattering noise" that he hears when he starts the car after it has not been driven for a week or more.
Residents Bothered by O'Hare Airport Noise Want Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois to Address Their Concerns (Mar. 20, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Concerned Citizens of Mount Prospect met recently to discuss airport noise with the Village of Mount Prospect. The group believes that the village should take the same measures to study and act upon airport noise as it has taken in dealing with train noise in the town.
Rugby Superstar Jonah Lomu of New Zealand Plans to Attempt to Break World Car Audio Sound Pressure Record of 176 Decibels (Mar. 20, 2000). The Dominion (Wellington) reports that rugby star Jonah Lomu attended the Car Audio New Zealand sound-off central regional finals. He plans to attempt to break the world record in six months. The sound-off is a competition to create the loudest sound-pressure level using a car stereo.
Springfield, Oregon Residents Question Wal-Mart Site Location, Noise and Traffic Implications (Mar. 20, 2000). The Register Guard reports that residents of neighborhoods surrounding a proposed Wal-Mart site are concerned about the traffic and noise that will be generated by the retailer's operations. Some options have included requiring Wal-Mart to adequately address traffic congestion by possibly building additional interchanges along Highway 126. Springfield has no planned commercial center that would allow for development without adversely impacting residential neighborhoods.
Resident Lodges Complaint Against Temecula Speedway in California For Violating City Noise Ordinance and Operating Without Appropriate Permits (Mar. 19, 2000). The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California reports that the Temecula Speedway has had a complaint filed against it by nearby resident Eion "Scotty" McDowell, who states that the noise levels are too high and that the raceway is operating in violation of city noise ordinance and without proper permits. The city of Temecula is conducting tests to determine the sound levels at the speedway.
Suburban Houston Resident Complains About Noise from Neighbors' Automotive Machinist School (Mar. 19, 2000). The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston resident Roy Ruffin has resorted to drastic measures over the noise he hears from his neighbors' school for automotive machinists. He maintains that the noise is too loud, and that the business should not be allowed in a residential neighborhood. However, the property is now zoned commercial and city officials do not believe that the noise is loud enough to warrant action.
"Car Talk" Column Responds to Reader's Question About Whining Differential in Minivan (Mar. 18, 2000). The San Diego Union Tribune's "Car Talk" Column contains a question by a reader who hears a whining noise coming from the rear of his minivan. "Car Talk's" Tom and Ray Magliozzi address his concerns.
Charleston, South Carolina Storage Container Yard in Possible Violation of City Noise Ordinance and County Zoning Regulations (Mar. 18, 2000). The Charleston, South Carolina Post and Courier reports that a container storage yard in East Cooper generates noise that bothers area residents and may have violated the city noise ordinance. Additionally, the State Ports Authority violated Charleston County law by not receiving appropriate zoning permits before building the yard.
Reader Has Question About Traction Control System and Anti-Lock Brake System Noises (Mar. 18, 2000). The Montreal Gazette reports automotive questions from readers that are answered in a column by The Car Doctor. A reader, S. Cournoyer of Beloeil, complains about an odd Traction Control System (TCS) noise in his/her Honda Odyssey.
Fort Knox Expansion Creates Concern About Noise and Wildlife Habitat Destruction (Mar. 17, 2000). The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky reports that residents in the area of Fort Knox have noise and environmental concerns over an urban-warfare training facility that will be built by the Army. The project will involve much logging and disruption of wildlife habitat. The Army has agreed to conduct an environmental study. [Editor's Note: This story has already been addressed in another article. We are reporting here only on details that were not in the previous article.]
Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine's "Nifty Fifty" Award Won by Donaldson Company's Silent Partner (tm) Truck Muffler (Mar. 17, 2000). The Donaldson Company announced to the press that its Silent Partner (tm) muffler system has won a "Nifty Fifty" Award from Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine. The press release was sent over the PR Newswire and is reprinted here in its entirety:
Reviewer Please With New Nissan Ultra (Mar. 17, 2000). The Calgary Sun reports that auto reviewer Harry Pegg is enamored of the 2000 model of the Nissan Altima. He particularly likes its quiet ride.
U.S. Army Plans Urban Training Center at Fort Knox; Plans to Study Environmental Impact (Mar. 17, 2000). The Associated Press reports that a new military training ground planned for Fort Knox has many environmentalists concerned over the negative impact such a facility will have on the environment. The Army has stated that it will conduct an environmental impact study to assess the situation.
Construction Project on Vancouver, Canada's Cleveland Dam to Be Delayed One Year; Residents Concerned About Construction Noise (Mar. 16, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reports that work on the Cleveland Dam has been delayed and will begin in March 2001 instead of this year. The delay is due to continuing questions about the dam upgrade's effect on the nearby Capilano salmon hatchery. There have also been complaints about the noise that will be generated by the construction project and the district engineers are attempting to address the concerns.
Costa Mesa, California Will Allow New Target Store, But Noise Issues Must Be Addressed (Mar. 16, 2000). The Orange County Register reports that the city of Costa Mesa, California will allow Dayton Hudson Corporation to proceed with building a Target store on Harbor Boulevard. However, after residents expressed concerns about noise from the new store, the store's plans were amended somewhat. A Planning Commission meeting was held on Monday. Many residents do not feel that the changes address all of their concerns about noise, however.
Quarry in St. Clair, Missouri May Need County Approval to Begin Operations (Mar. 16, 2000). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Capitol Quarries of Jefferson City wishes to operate a quarry on the Suntrup Farms property on Dry Branch Road in St. Clair. Many residents oppose the quarry operation because of the noise that it will generate. Legal technicalities concerning Missouri state statutes that govern quarry operations may or may not work in the quarry's favor.
Residents in Plympton, England Bothered by Noise From Nearby Industrial Park (Mar. 16, 2000). The Plymouth, England Evening Herald reports that there have been many noise complaints lodged by Plympton residents against businesses at the Valley Road Industrial Estate. Residents says that the noise has become increasingly loud over the last few years.
Noise From Vehicle Sound Systems Annoys Business Owners (Mar. 15, 2000). The Manawatu Standard reports that police in Palmerston North, New Zealand, do not believe that they should be dealing with complaints about loud music coming from vehicles as they drive through the city. They would rather see the city council deal with the problem.
Relocation of Train Tracks in Littleton, Colorado Causes Disturbing Vibrations and Increased Noise in Affected Neighborhoods (Mar. 15, 2000). The Denver Post reports that ever since the Burlington Northern railroad moved some of its tracks 100 feet closer to homes in a Littleton, Colorado neighborhood, the increased noise and vibrations have shaken the houses and disturbed the residents. The tracks were moved to accommodate the Regional Transportation District's (RTD's) new light-rail line along South Santa Fe Drive. A meeting will take place at Littleton City Hall tonight to discuss the issue with railroad and RTD officials.
Newcastle, England Stadium Considering Adding Stock-Car Racing; Residents Protest Over Noise (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Chronicle of Newcastle, England reports that residents near Brough Park are vehemently protesting plans to add stock-car racing there. North East Stockcar Promotions is seeking a lawful development certificate, which would allow them to legally add stock-car races to the park
Palmerston North, New Zealand Police Need to Do More to Enforce Speeding and Noise Violations (Mar. 14, 2000). The Evening Standard in Palmerston North, New Zealand reports that the Palmerston North City Council is concerned that police in the city are not doing enough to enforce speeding vehicles and noise offenders.
Delta, British Columbia Residents Want Town to Construct Sound Barriers to Block Traffic Noise (Mar. 13, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reports that Delta, British Columbia residents Miles and Lois Barker are concerned about traffic noise that they can hear in their home, and they want the town to construct an earthen berm or a sound-barrier fence to decrease the noise.
German Company Wins PACE Award for Designing Automotive Vehicle Noise Management System (Mar. 13, 2000). Crain Communications' Automotive News recently presented the eight winners of the "2000 Automotive News PACE Award." Rieter Automotive Systems AG of Winterthur, Switzerland, won an award for its Ultra Light Vehicle Noise Management System.
Loud Motorcyclists in Daytona Beach, Florida May Get Ticketed (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that police in Daytona Beach, Florida have instituted a "Ride Quiet" campaign to try to crack down on noisy motorcyclists during the annual Bike Week. Riders can be fined up to $44, and must also repair the problem that caused the noise.
Noisy Motorcycles Annoy Daytona Beach, Florida Residents During Annual "Bike Week" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that Bike Week, an annual event in Daytona Beach, Florida, is becoming just too noisy for many residents. They don't mind the event, but they are increasingly irritated about motorcycles driving through town without mufflers.
Owner of Noisy New Car Sues Ford and Dealership; Case Dismissed for Lack of Evidence (Mar. 13, 2000). Crain Communications' Automotive News reports that a woman who owned a 1996 Mercury Sable sued Ford Motor Company and the dealership from which she bought the car because of a loud, unidentified noise that first started on the day she drove the car out of the dealership. The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed the lawsuit, stating there was not enough evidence to substantiate her "lemon law" complaint. The owner, Meryland Harris, claimed that the noise devalues the car and causes her not to drive it as often as she would have liked.
Reader Asks the "Car Talk Guys" About Noisy Minivan; It's Probably the Differential (Mar. 13, 2000). The Charleston Daily Mail published a column by auto experts Tom and Ray Magliozzi. A reader wrote in with a question about a 1995 Ford Aerostar that began making a whining noise starting at about 75,000 miles.
Reader From England Complains About Motorbike Noise (Mar. 13, 2000). The Gloucestershire Echo in England published a letter to the editor from a reader who is concerned about motorbike noise near a cemetery. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Hong Kong Residents Subjected to Thunderous Traffic Noise Daily; No End in Sight (Mar. 12, 2000). The South China Morning Post reports that the noise from traffic, especially trucks, on Hong Kong streets keeps increasing. It is an annoyance and a health danger to residents, and computer models indicate that the problem will get much worse in coming years.
Oldsmobile Aurora Has Features That Make for Quiet Ride (Mar. 1, 2000). Automotive Manufacturing and Production printed a review of the new 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora. Part of the review discusses features that make the Aurora's ride more quiet.
Silencer Muffler Developed for Truck Engine "Jake" Brakes (Mar. 1, 2000). Fleet Equipments reports on the benefits of engine brakes for the trucking industry. The Jacobs Vehicle Systems "Jake" brake is the most commonly used in the industry. Much of the article discusses the safety and technology behind "Jake" brakes. Part of the article is devoted to talking about the noise these brakes produce.
D.C. Residents Angry Over Tunnel Noise Preceding Trains (Feb. 23, 2000). The Washington Post reports that the loud boom that precedes the Metro into the tunnel between the Fort Totten and West Hyattsville stations is a major noise concern for residents in the Avondale community.
Maine Town Officials Reject Paper Mill Expansion Because of Noise (Feb. 21, 2000). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reported that the town's Planning Board rejected International Paper Company's plans to expand its three-acre logging operation because it did not meet the board's standards.
South Carolina County Officials Investigate States Ports Authority (Feb. 20, 2000). According to the Associated Press, Charleston County officials have asked the sheriff's department to investigate a State Ports Authority storage yard because of noise and safety concerns from residents.
Albuquerque City Council Against the Sound Wall (Feb. 18, 2000). The Albuquerque Journal reported on a decision by the city's environmental planning commission to approve the construction of a 10-foot-high, 1,900-foot-long sound barrier against traffic noise near San Mateo Boulevard, a main thoroughfare.
Pennsylvania Residents Challenge Expansion of Convenience Store (Feb. 18, 2000). The Intelligencer Journal reports that residents in one Lancaster County town want to appeal a zoning board's approval of the expansion of a convenience store in their neighborhood.
UK Environmental Minister Maps City Noise (Feb. 18, 2000). According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, England's environmental minister Michael Meacher said that 12 million people in his country are victims of intolerable noise from traffic, railroads, airports or industry, and he has a way to target the problem and help politicians act to solve it.
UK Residents Mobilize to Get New Noisy Highway Resurfaced (Feb. 18, 2000). According to the Express and Echo, residents of two towns in England are vociferously upset about traffic noise from a newly completed stretch of highway near their towns. They joined a 2,000-member protest campaign calling for the new 13-miles stretch of road to be resurfaced.
New Zealand Resident Says Noise Caused Health Problems and Sale of Home (Feb. 17, 2000). The Nelson Mail (New Zealand) reports that John Dearden, who lives near the new coastal highway in Nelson, has been severely affected by traffic noise on the new road. Dearden, who first voiced his protests a year ago, complains of health problems and states that he now will be unable to sell his home. The stretch of road that he is concerned with runs south of Mapua, between Maisey Road and Bronte Road.
Reader Warns of Danger of Honking Automobile Horns at Horseback Riders on Road (Feb. 17, 2000). Needless to say, a fast-moving vehicle and a horse, in close proximity, can be a downright deadly combination.
Resident Group in Exeter, England Continues to Protest Highway A30; Calls for Resurfacing of New Roadway to Reduce Noise (Feb. 17, 2000). The Exeter, England Express and Echo reports that over 2,000 people have joined the resident group Resurface The A30 (RTA30) to complain about traffic noise from the newly-opened stretch of Highway A30. The group has circulated a petition asking that the new road be relaid with a blacktop surface, which would be substantially quieter than the present brushed concrete surface.
UK Puts Noise on the Map (Feb. 16, 2000). According to an article from Hermes Database, 12 million people in England are victims of intolerable noise levels from transportation and industry, and the Environment Minister, Michael Meacher announced the nation's first noise map of one city.
UK Residents Suffer From Highway Road Noise (Feb. 5, 2000). The Daily Telegraph of London reported on residents in one English town who say their quiet, pastoral life has come to an end because of a new highway that recently opened near their town.
Idaho Cement Company To Study Plant Noise (Feb. 4, 2000). According to an article from the Associated Press, the Ash Grove Cement Company will fund a second acoustic study to determine the source of a low hum bothering residents in the vicinity of the plant.
South Carolinians Organize Opposition to Port Authority's Plan for Container Port (Feb. 3, 2000). The Post and Courier reported that residents on Daniel Island will publicly oppose the State Ports Authority's (SPA) plan to establish a large container port on state land near the island. They've even formed their own organization, the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association.
Oklahoma School Children at Risk from Noise and Traffic from Interstate (Feb. 2, 2000). In a column of the Daily Oklahoman, a letter to the editor stresses the need for state or local officials to put up a wall against noise and possible safety hazards posed by traffic on Interstate 44, which runs 100 feet from the playground. The letter is printed in its entirety.
California Trains and Boom Cars Subjects of Residents' Complaints (Feb. 1, 2000). The Sacramento Bee printed these letters about train noise at night and loud car stereos. The letters are printed in their entirety.
Ordinance Prohibiting All-Terrain Vehicles Along Reservoir in Rumford, Rhode Island Amended to Create Stiffer Fines (Jan. 28, 2000). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that an ordinance that prohibits the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles along railbeds and near a reservoir in Rumford, Rhode Island has been amended to increase the fines. The ordinance is intended to protect the environment and to reduce noise.
Several Nebraska Municipalities Change Signs Prohibiting "Jake Brakes" Because "Jake" Refers to a Brand and Constitutes a Trademark Violation (Jan. 28, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that several municipalities in Nebraska, including David City, have changed the language on road signs that prohibit the use of "Jake Brakes." Unmuffled compressed-air engine brakes -- which include many brands including Jacobs Vehicle Systems -- have become a noise nuisance in many areas where big-rigs are in operation.
Sugar Grove, Illinois Planners Delay Ruling on Proposed Road Loop at Country Club for High-Performance Cars -- Though Racecars Would Be Prohibited -- Until Noise Can Be Studied Further (Jan. 26, 2000). The Chicago Tribune reports that Sugar Grove, Illinois planning officials have deferred their decision on an application for a road loop for high-performance cars at a local country club. Estimates place noise at 66 decibels, which could be present all day long during the warmer months.
US Representative Approves Building of Noise Barriers (Jan. 14, 2000). The following is a press release from the Congressional Press Releases regarding the construction of noise barriers along I-75 in Georgia. It is printed in its entirety.
Florida Power Plant's New Location Promises Less Noise (Jan. 14, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reported that when Reliant Energy came to Holopaw residents for the second time and told residents that its proposed 460-megawatt power plant would hum no louder than their refrigerators, residents told company officials it would still be too noisy.
Chicago Train Horn Noise Battle Returns (Jan. 13, 2000). The Chicago Daily Herald reported that Edison Park residents must renew their battle with train noise on the Wisconsin Central line at all hours of the night unless they pay for costly improvements at rail crossings, or so says the Federal Railroad Association.
Florida Developer To Commercialize Tranquil Residential Area: Noise is Major Concern (Jan. 13, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reported on commercial developers' buying up the remaining land around this once tranquil town.
Local Residents in UK Divided Over Train Whistle (Jan. 12, 2000). According to the Calgary Herald, about 20 residents signed a petition against whistles from trains owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
Idahoans Blame Cement Company for Noise Distrubances (Jan. 11, 2000). According to the Idaho Statesman, neighbors of the Ash Grove Cement Co. say low hum or vibration from the plant bothers them during the day and keeps them awake at night.
Coast Guard Plans for Bridge Poses Noise and Traffic Concerns for Skeptical Louisiana Residents (Jan. 11, 2000). According to the Advocate, over 150 people attended a public meeting concerning a proposed major thoroughfare through a Lafayette neighborhood.
Community Advisory Board Near Columbus Circle, New York City Is Pushing for Audible Pedestrian Signals for the Blind; Some Residents and Businesses Worry About Potential Noise (Jan. 9, 2000). The New York Times reports that Community Board 4, near Columbus Circle in New York City, is pushing for audible pedestrian-crossing signals for the circle. Residents and business owners worried about noise from excessively loud or shrill crosswalks. The community board said that the crosswalks constantly adjust their volume too be audible above city noise without being excessive or shrill.
Residents of Vancouver, Washington Want Noise Wall With Planned Road Extension; Officials Say They Don't Have the Money (Jan. 8, 2000). The Columbian reports that residents near Interstate 5 in Vancouver, Washington want a noise wall in their neighborhood where a planned extension will increase traffic. State transportation officials say that it could take about ten years to build the $50-million worth of noise walls currently on the waiting list with an annual budget of just over $5-million.
London Architect Supports Proposal to Landscape Ugly, High-Noise Spots Along Transportation Lines Into Greenspace, As Paris Has Done In Past Years (Jan. 8, 2000). The Times reports that London is considering a plan -- similar to one used in Paris, France -- to reclaim green space and fight noise at the same time. A noisy section of rail line or highway was covered; then, the cover was made into a park. The prime minister of England wants to reclaim greenspace, and this proposal would do it for about 20 million pounds per mile.
Jerome, Arizona "Ex-Hippie" Residents Push Noise Ordinance to Restrict Large, Noisy Biker Population (Jan. 6, 2000). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that "ex-hippies" living in Jerome, Arizona are pushing for a noise ordinance that would provide relief from noisy, smelly motorcycles ridden by a large biker population. The ordinance would prohibit noise of over 80 decibels at 25 feet from the source.
Tampa, Florida Planners Considser Noise Walls Along I-4 Junction; Support for Walls Is Yet to Be Determined (Jan. 5, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Tampa, Florida is considering noise walls at an infamous interstate junction. A public hearing will also be held to gauge public opinion about the walls. A preliminary survey suggests that opinion is leaning towards the barriers. Some officials say the walls will ruin tourists' driving experience.
Resurface the A30 Activists Perform Noise Tests to Supplement Highways Agency's Planned Tests in April (Jan. 5, 2000). The Western Morning News reports that activists from the Resurface the A30 group in Exeter, U.K. have hired a noise expert to measure noise levels along the A30 -- in addition to official measurements planned for April -- to "substantiate... claims that the noise levels are unacceptable at all times of the year."
Nine Neighborhoods Near Rocky Hill, Connecticut's I-91 Traffic Will Get Noise Barriers (Jan. 4, 2000). The Hartford Courant reports that nine noise walls will be erected in communities around Rocky Hill, Connecticut near Interstate 91, after years of complaints from residents.
North Smithfield, Rhode Island Resident Criticizes Noise Impact of Water Trucks Serving a Power Plant, As Well As Potential Noise from Operation of a Newly-Proposed Plant (Jan. 3, 2000). The Providence Journal-Bulletin prints a letter to the editor from a North Smithfield, Rhode Island resident who believes noise and pollution from water trucks -- serving a nearby power plant -- and a newly-proposed power plant will degrade her community's quality of life.
Nation's Capital To Modify New, Smaller Buses Because of Noise (Dec. 15, 1999). The Washington Post reports that the new, smaller buses the local transit company bought to reduce noise on narrow District streets, are noisier than the large buses they replaced. Screeching brakes are the reason, the report says. As a result, the local transit company, Metro, will spend about $32,000 to change the break linings on 40 buses.
Ohio Turnpike Trustees To Develop Noise Policy (Dec. 14, 1999). An editorial in the Plain Dealer discusses the obligation of the Ohio Turnpike Trustees to develop a noise policy because of the dramatic increase in traffic over the years and its subsequent impact on homes that have been built during that time.
Ohio Turnpike Commission Refuses to Hear Neighbors' Noise Complaints (Dec. 13, 1999). According to the Plain Dealer, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is spending $1.3 billion to enhance rest stops and add lanes, but it refuses to listen to residents who want sound barriers to block traffic noise.
Las Vegas Road Construction Plans Don't Include Sound Barriers: Residents Angry (Dec. 12, 1999). The Las Vegas Review-journal reports that residents of the Richfield Village in Las Vegas will soon be subject to increased road noise with the upcoming reconstruction of Interstate 15. Transportation officials are refusing to include sound walls in their plans because environmental regulations weren't in place when the interstate was built in the early 1960s.
Sound Walls in Salt Lake City, Utah Cause Controversy (Dec. 10, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Utah Transportation Commission rejected a plea from residents to tear down sound walls between Interstate 215 and Wasatch Boulevard in Salt Lake City even though residents hate them.
Santa Fe, New Mexico Residents Address Noise Through Letters; One Criticizes Recent Editorial Calling Anti-Noise Residents "Fussbudgets", (Dec. 8, 1999). The Santa Fe New Mexica prints several letters to the editor, including two related to noise. The first criticizes a recent editorial that characterized noise complainants as "fussbudgets", while the second criticizes owners of barking dogs.
Illinois Institute of Technology Will Build Noise-Muffling Tube Around Elevated Train Tracks As Part of a the New Campus Center Construction Project (Dec. 8, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Institute of Technology will build a noise-muffling tube around elevated train tracks as part of the construction of a new campus center. The 531-foot tube will be sheathed with concrete and steel, and should reduce the noise -- which can reach 120 decibels in the area -- to 40 or 50.
Protesters In the United Kingdom Who Want A Noisy Concrete Highway Resurfaced Say Money Spent On Roadside Plantings Designed To Encourage Wildlife Could Be Better Spent On Resurfacing the Road (Dec. 7, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that residents in East Devon, U.K. are upset that the government is spending 8 million pounds on roadside plantings designed to encourage wildlife rather than on reducing noise. A spokesperson for the government said that the money will go to roads nationwide, and that the resurfacing question is under consideration.
Plans for Proposed Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts Includes Access Road for Season-Ticket Traffic Which Some Residents Say Would Bring More Noise Into Their Neighborhood; Town Meeting Vote Overwhelmingly Approves the Stadium but Upcoming Vote Over the Road Is Less Assured (Dec. 6, 1999). AP Online reports that plans for a proposed $225-million stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts includes an access road for season-ticket holders. The road would help certain fans avoid highway traffic, but residents worry it would bring increased noise to their neighborhood. At a recent town meeting the stadium was overwhelmingly approved. The access road will be the issue in a later vote, and a two-thirds majority will be required to approve it.
Noise from Future High-Speed Rail Link in Korea Must Stay Under 68 Decibels, Although Sound Walls Will Be Lower Than Expected to Allow a Better View (Dec. 6, 1999). The Korea Herald reports that the Ministry of Construction and Transportation in Korea agreed to a 68-decibel noise limit for a new high speed rail link. Noise walls will be erected along 14% of the rail line; some walls will be 2.6 meters high, but others will be less than two meters high to allow for a better view.
Drivers on Exeter, U.K.'s A30 Complain About Noise From Concrete Surface, Joining Residents in Battle for Asphalt Resurfacing (Dec. 4, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that a motoring organization has officially complained that the A30 in Exeter, U.K. is too noisy. Residents along the road have already been campaigning for a resurfacing of the road.
Bus Terminal in Bath, U.K. -- Which Already Has Neighbors Upset About Noise -- Will Expand (Dec. 3, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that a bus terminal in Bath, U.K. will expand its 134-bus facility by 16 spots. Neighbors have been complaining about noise from constantly-idling buses and maintenance since the terminal opened in July. Local officials say noise shouldn't get worse.
Dunedin, Florida Homeowner Plans to Build a Wall Against His Neighborhood's Wishes; City Council Objected Too, But He Found a Loophole to Allow Him to Construct a Wall (Dec. 2, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that a resident in Dunedin, Florida, whose proposal to build an eight foot wall beside his house to block noise, light and trespassers was rejected, has found a loophole that allows him to build a similar wall by moving his front door. The homeowner says that the wall is necessary because the long-vacant property has become a common place for people to watch the sunset and would otherwise have trespassing problems. Neighbors were against the plan because they say it would ruin the beauty of the neighborhood.
Gig Harbor, Washington Residents Say Second Narrows Bridge Project Will Not Include Enough Noise Walls (Dec. 2, 1999). The News Tribune reports that several Gig Harbor, Washington attended by 75, residents spoke angrily about increased noise at a public meeting over a second Narrows Bridge. Transportation officials say the bridge is necessary to help relieve congestion and improve safety, but residents say the six noise walls planned will not help enough people.
Vancouver, Washington Resident Claims Department of Transportation Falsely Stated A Noise Wall Would Be Erected Behind His House; Instead, a Second Off-Ramp Was Built, Taking Up the Only Available Space For a Wall (Dec. 2, 1999). The Columbian reports that a Vancouver, Washington resident claims that the Department of Transportation (DOT) falsely told him that his house was a prime candidate for a noise wall. Now they say that the wall couldn't have been erected because it was too close to a wetland, and because a stream -- requiring a break in the wall -- would have rendered it useless anyway. In the meantime, a second off-ramp has been built in its place.
Resident Says Cleveland Should Take a Lesson From the French and Make Noise Walls More Attractive (Dec. 1, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that a resident of Cleveland, Ohio believes -- after traveling to France and observing their noise walls -- that the Ohio Department of Transportation could make their noise walls more effective and just as attractive.
U.K. Introduces Plan to Work "Towards a Balance with Nature" on Motorways (Nov. 30, 1999). The Hermes Database/Highways Agency reports that the United Kingdom has introduced a plan called "Towards a Balance with Nature" that aims to protect and improve environmental quality along the nation's highways. "The strategy covers a wide range of issues including air pollution; waste management; noise reduction; water pollution; biodiversity and protecting [the U.K.'s] geological and historical heritage."
Richmond, Rhode Island Considers Regulating Noise from Motor Bikes with Amended Zoning Ordinance; Amendment Would Clarify Definition of "Motorized" and "Recreational Use" (Nov. 29, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that after complaints over noisy motor bikes in Richmond, Rhode Island, officials are considering an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify the definition of a "motorized" bike and "recreational use." The town solicitor said that noise should be covered under the noise ordinance, and the dust -- a private nuisance -- should be covered by filing suit. Local dirt bike course owners say they erected a 12-foot wooden wall to help with noise, and water the track to help with dust.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Urges Residents to Support Council Endorsement of Funding for 10-Year-Old Noise Wall List; She Says Debate -- Even If Designed to Add More Walls to the List -- May Jeopardize Funding (Nov. 28, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that a Los Angeles city councilwoman is urging residents to support a council endorsement of state funding for noise walls that have been stalled for ten years. Some want to debate the list, asking for even more walls. The councilwoman believes that this type of action -- which would likely delay the endorsement -- would hinder the momentum needed for approval of the state funding.
Gloucester, U.K. Officials Wrestling with Solutions to Reduce Noise from Trucks (Nov. 26, 1999). The Western Daily Press reports that as residents call for a ban on heavy trucks in Gloucester, U.K., officials wrestle with possible solutions. They are looking into a weight-limit of 3.5, 77, or 17 tons.
Millennium Plan -- Irvine, California's Development Alternative to a New Airport -- Will Add Some Noise, though It's Unclear How the Noise Would Compare to Noise from an Airport (Nov. 25, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that the Millennium Plan -- a city-proposed development -- is poised to replace a county-proposed airport. An environmental impact report on the plan says noise would increase by 1.5 decibels on nearby roadways.
U.K. Government Plans to Test Noise Levels -- In Response to Residents' Outcry --from Highway In Exeter Next Easter, When Traffic Is Back to Previous High Levels (Nov. 25, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that the British government plans to conduct noise tests -- in response to resident complaints -- along the noisy A30 highway in Exeter next Easter. Independent noise tests last summer showed that the surface exceeded expected noise levels that were referred to in public hearings.
Urban Rail Line Through Costa Mesa, California Approved By County; Residents Are Concerned About Potential Noise, and One Possible Route Was Rejected Because It Was Too Close to Residents (Nov. 25, 1999). The Orange County Register reports that the route for an urban rail line through Costa Mesa, California -- which will be part of the larger Orange County urban rail project -- was approved by the County. Residents have expressed concern over noise levels, and at least one potential route was rejected because of its proximity to residents.
Resurface the A30 Campaign in Exeter, U.K. Raising Funds to Hire Noise Expert (Nov. 24, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that members of "Resurface the A30" in Exeter, U.K. plan to employ an expert to help their campaign, and are raising funds that could be used to pay that expert.
Silent Roads Campaign Gathering Support in United Kingdom (Nov. 23, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that a "silent roads" campaign has been started by the RAC Foundation and the Refined Bitumen Association. Residents calling campaign officials can learn of techniques to pressure government officials as well as other localities where a similar fight is occurring. Six petrochemical companies are funding the campaign.
Sussex, U.K. Road -- Who Have Protested Concrete Highway There for Years -- Joins Fight Against Exter's A30 Concrete Surface; Asphalt Organization Launches Quiet Roads Campaign (Nov. 23, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that West Sussex, United Kingdom residents -- who have been fighting for resurfacing of a loud, concrete highway for 11 years -- have expressed their outrage that the government has used the same material to build the A30 in Exeter, U.K. The current campaign in Exeter, which has included a 2,000 signature petition, has finally prompted an investigation into the noise there. The Refined Bitumen Association has begun a silent road campaign to unify residents with similar highway-noise problems across the country.
Yokohama Tire Company Introduces Quieter Tire (Nov. 22, 1999). The Rubber and Plastics News reports that the Yokohama Tire Company has introduced a new high-performance tire called the "AVS dB (for decibel)" that gives a quiet ride.
Environmental Organizations Lend Support to England Campaigners for the Resurfacing of the A30 (Nov. 21, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that two prominent environmental organizations are showing their support for campaigners who want the noisy A30 in Exeter, U.K. resurfaced. Noise levels are up to 10.4 decibels louder than promised, and the pits in the concrete surface -- which allows for the noisy expansion of air -- is double the prediction. Both groups voiced their concerns at public hearings back in 1992, but were ignored.
Orange County Wants Carpooling Lanes As Part of State Widening of Interstate to Six Lanes; Eight Lanes May Be Required for Effective Carpooling Lanes, but Environmental Study Must Be Conducted To Find Out (Nov. 21, 1999). The Chapel Hill Herald reports that County Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina are asking the state to include high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) carpooling lanes in their widening of Interstate 40 to six lanes. Many are calling for an even larger expansion to eighth lanes to avoid "building a bottleneck," but commissioners worry about the increased cost. Preliminary noise testing makes it appear that noise walls will not be deemed necessary as part of the project.
Columnist Advises Plymouth, U.K. Resident Who Says Neighbors Make Too Much Noise to Keep Diary for Local Council (Nov. 20, 1999). The Evening Herald prints a question about neighbors who create noise. The columnists suggests that the resident keep a month-long diary of the noisy incidents. Then, send the diary to the local council asking what can be done. Also, the Environmental Health Department may be able to investigate the noise.
Farmington, Maine Resident Had Very Large Sign -- Protesting Log Yard Expansion -- Stolen from Lawn; Resident Says Logging Equipment Could Have Been Used to Steal Sign (Nov. 20, 1999). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that a Farmington, Maine resident believes that logging equipment may have been used to steal a very large sign -- protesting the expansion of a neighboring log yard -- from the lawn. Officials say they didn't know who could have done it. They say that "the 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. operating hours would be enforced, wood slashing would be delayed until 6:30 a.m., and quieter equipment would be installed" if the expansion were approved.
New Homeowner in Surrey, U.K. Asks If Seller -- Who Didn't Disclose Traffic Noise -- Can Be Sued; Columnist Says Yes, If You Wouldn't Have Bought the Home If You'd Known (Nov. 20, 1999). The Daily Telegraph prints a legal column, including a question from a new Surrey, U.K. homeowner wants to know if the people who sold the house -- who didn't tell him about a traffic noise problem -- can be sued. Although the columnist says decreased property value can't be claimed, damages can be sought if the homeowner would not have otherwise bought the home.
Quincy, Massachusetts License Board Mediates Dispute Between a Noisy, Magazine Distribution Operation and Its Neighbors (Nov. 20, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that the chairman of the license board -- Mr. Shea -- in Quincy, Massachusetts is voluntarily mediating a long-time dispute between a noisy magazine distribution operation and its neighbors. Mr. Shea has suggested several noise-reduction measures.
East Devon, U.K. Residents Are Dismayed to Learn that a New Law Banning Noisy Concrete Highways Don't Apply to the A30; Residents There Have Campaigned to Resurface the Road, but Traffic As Measured By the Number of Cars Don't Meet the Law's Required Minimum (Nov. 19, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that a new law passed in the United Kingdom bans noisy concrete highways, but the law doesn't apply to the controversial A30 because of a traffic minimum. Residents say that the law should have taken into account bothersome noise that isn't arbitrarily defined by traffic volume.
Highways Agency Noise Tests In Exeter, U.K. Confirm that Traffic from A30 Is Louder than Predicted (Nov. 18, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that after official noise tests by the Highways Agency, Exeter, U.K.'s A30 has been proven to be 1.5 decibels higher than officials had predicted the noise would be fifteen years from now. The tests were forced by 2,000 residents of East Devon who say the road has been unbearably loud since its opening in August. Activists plan to begin working more closely with the agency in deciding what can be done now.
Resident Warns Against Noise and Environmental Destruction In Wake of Missouri Department of Transportation Projects (Nov. 18, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch prints an editorial which claims that Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects always result in destruction of communities. The writer asserts that MoDOT answers to no-one but a poorly defined independent council, and is not concerned with the noisy, environmentally-insensitive aftermath it leaves in a community because it doesn't have to be. The writer urges residents to sit down with their representatives to demand more accountability.
Hanson, Massachusetts Residents Say Train Rest Stop Leaves Engine Idling at Night, Disturbing their Sleep (Nov. 17, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that Hanson, Massachusetts residents have complained that a commuter rail engine stops its loudly idling engine near their homes and disturbing their sleep.
Residents Campaigning for 15 Years to Resurface the Long Eaton, U.K. M1 Highway Plan to Travel to London to Be Heard (Nov. 17, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a group of residents who have been campaigning to have the noisy M1 highway near Long Eaton, U.K. resurfaced for fifteen years are planning to go to London to be heard.
Activist Group in Washington, New Jersey Convinces Turnpike Authority to Study Possible Noise Walls for Schools and Hospitals (Nov. 16, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that members of the Washington, New Jersey Community Against Traffic Sound have convinced the Turnpike Authority to conduct several studies that may lead to noise walls for schools and hospitals near the turnpike.
Utah's Department of Transportation Is Exploring Alternatives to Soundwalls that Some Residents Oppose Because of Unsightliness (Nov. 16, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that alternatives to soundwalls in Farmington, Utah are being explored by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT is examining an alternative to a 17-foot soundwall -- a 10-foot earthen berm with three feet of stylized rock on top -- to satisfy those who want soundwalls but believe they are ugly. The soundwall debate has other sides too; some say soundwalls block views and reflect sound uphill, some say they're critical for quality of life, some demand them to keep up their property values, some say they work but they're too ugly and hurt property values.
Ohio Residents Are Split On Freeway Noise Walls; Some Say They Are Ugly but Effective, Others Say They'd Rather Have Their Views, And Some Say Walls Actually Worsen the Noise (Nov. 14, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that residents of Ohio don't hold the same opinions about the 92 miles of walls in the state. Despite many people's praise of the walls, some neighborhoods like Warrensville Heights say that they want their walls torn down. The walls not only reduce noise by up to ten decibels -- an audible halving of the noise -- but help to block dirt from the road.
South Zeal, U.K. Residents Say They Have Dealt with Highway Noise for Ten Years, and Urge Exeter Residents To Keep Up their "Resurface the A30" Campaign To Avoid a Similar Fate (Nov. 14, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that residents of South Zeal, U.K are urging Exeter campaigners to keep up their fight to resurface the new A30 with a quieter pavement. They say if Exeter campaigners don't keep up their fight, they would be forced to listen to highway noise for the rest of their lives.
Idaho Transportation Department Reluctant to Approve Noise Mitigation Along a Lewiston Road; $11.2-Million Budget Has $960,000 Remaining, But State Wants to Know Costs of Noise Mitigation Before Approval (Nov. 13, 1999). The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports that the Idaho Transportation Department is reluctant to approve a noise mitigation project that would use extra funds from a recent road construction in Lewiston. The city considers the noise mitigation a top priority, but the state wants to know how much it will cost before committing to it. Residents are upset, and some have even filed suit against the city.
Long Island Railroad Agrees to Replace Shrill Horns with Smoother Ones to Address Noise Complaints (Nov. 12, 1999). The Daily News reports that Long Island Railroad has agreed to replace the horns on a fleet of 46 new locomotives for a total cost of $125,000. The new horns will be just as loud, but will be less perceptible and annoying.
California's Transportation Department Redesigns Highway Interchange to Be Further From a Mall Where Warner Brothers Plans to Move Part of Its Animation Team; Original Design Would Have Compromised the Mall's Agreement with WB Due to Noise (Nov. 11, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the California Department of Transportation has redesigned a highway interchange project to keep the road further from a mall. The mall protested that noise from a road as close as the original plans called for would be too noisy; Warner Brothers plans to move hundreds of employees into a facility there.
Those Protesting Noise from A30 in East Devon, U.K. Gain Support of Transport Minister; Article Examines History of the Problem (Nov. 11, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that those protesting noise from the new A30 in East Devon, U.K. gained the support of the Transport Minister this week; he called for investigation into the noise and cooperation between the noise consultants and residents. The article discusses the history of the problem including a similar successful campaign elsewhere in England, and details about the surface.
Florida's Route 441 Will Gain Soundwalls In Palm Beach County; Some Residents Welcome Them, While Others Say They Will Be Too Ugly and Affect Property Values (Nov. 11, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Florida's Department of Transportation plans to install 16 soundwalls at certain places on route 441 in Palm Beach County. Some oppose the noise walls, saying they will attract graffiti and drive property values down. Many of them want an options not included on the survey: a berm with a shorter noise wall on top. Officials say the berm would be too costly and would shrink people's back yards.
Commuter Rail to Be Expanded in Richmond Heights near St. Louis, Missouri; Noise Consideration to Be Part of Plan (Nov. 11, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a commuter rail system will be expanded through Richmond Heights, near St. Louis Missouri. Each station along the route, a neighborhood committee will be formed to discuss concerns with the developers in charge of the project. Additional noise studies may be performed along the route to determine any problem areas. Noise walls may be placed in some areas.
Judge Gives Railroad Another Month to Address Noise Complaints from Idling Engines at Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Railroad Unsure If Adding Additional Tracks Elsewhere Is Feasible (Nov. 11, 1999). The Record reports that New York's Susquehanna and Western Railway has been given another month by a municipal judge to address noise complaints. The railroad has been given seven summonses for train noise from engines that idle at night. The company is looking into adding additional track to form a spur in a more isolated section of town, but asked for more time to determine feasibility
Rail Traffic Between Los Angeles and Long Beach, California Has Increased 56 Percent In Ten Years; Residents Suffer From Noise, Pollution and Safety Issues, and Yearn For Relief (Nov. 10, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that rail traffic between Los Angeles and Long Beach, California has increased 56 percent in the last ten years. Residents of cities along the way are forced to deal with the noise, pollution, and safety issues that result. Rail officials say they are working on some of the problems, but also say that residents should expect some noise and pollution when living near a rail yard.
Noise from Squawk Peak Freeway in Arizona Is Bothering Residents Despite State Transportation Department's Determination that Noise There Isn't Too Much; State Will Re-Evaluate Noise Levels, But Residents Don't Expect Much (Nov. 10, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that noise and dust from the Squawk Peak freeway in Arizona has been bothering residents for the five months it has been open. Noise was not originally measured above 65 decibels: the benchmark that requires sound walls. The state says it will reevaluate noise levels there, but residents aren't confident that anything will be done.
Lord Whitty Announces that Traffic Noise Will Be Reevaluated On the A30 with Residents' Involvement (Nov. 10, 1999). The Express and Echo reports the Roads Minister in Exeter, U.K. has initiated the reevaluation of traffic noise along the A30. This article offers little information not covered in other summarized articles on this site, but it does differ in the reported depth of the brushed concrete ridges: an aspect of the surface that makes it noisy.
Ockbrook and Borrowash, United Kingdom Resident Gathers 500 Signature Petition and Support of Parish Council In Asking for Noise Control Along the A52 (Nov. 9, 1999). The Derby Evening Telegraph reports that a resident near Ockbrook and Borrowash, U.K. has gathered 500 signatures and the support of the parish council in calling for noise control along the A52.
Commissioners In Jefferson County, Colorado Will Soon Hold Last Public Hearing On Proposed Quarry Near Eldorado Canyon State Park (Nov. 9, 1999). The Denver Rocky Mountain News reports that the last public hearing on a proposed quarry near Jefferson County, Colorado's Eldorado State Park will be held soon. The county staff's report sides with residents and state legislators in opposing the project based on possible noise problems.
A30 Neighbors May Receive Compensation for Lost Property Value Due to Noise, but Lost Views Will Not Be Considered (Nov. 8, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that not all homeowners who live near the new A30 in Exeter, U.K. will be entitled to compensation for lost property value due to the road. Property value losses from noise and light will be compensated, but losses due to affected views will not.
Light Rail System on the Wasatch Front Near Salt Lake City, Utah Shouldn't Add Much Noise to Area (Nov. 8, 1999). The Deseret News reports that a light rail system planned for the Wasatch Front, near Salt Lake City, Utah, will be relatively quiet. The whistle will be much quieter than freight train whistles, and will be used sparingly.
Politician Attempts to Mediate Dispute Between Mall and California's Transportation Department; The Goal Is to Build Freeway Connector that Eases Traffic While Staying Further from Mall Buildings Destined for Noise-Sensitive Animation Studio (Nov. 5, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that officials are working quickly to resolve a dispute between California's Transportation Department and the Galleria Mall over a planned freeway connector. A compromise -- one that will ease traffic while keeping the road from increasing the noise level in the building -- must be found by next month to avoid a three-year delay on construction of the road.
Charlton, Massachusetts Planning Board Approves Old-Age Center; Businesses Insist on Guarantees that Center's Noise Complaints Would Not Limit Their Operating Hours (Nov. 4, 1999). The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that the Charlton, Massachusetts Planning Board approved an old-age center on a road that is home to businesses such as loud truck and gravel operations. Business owners were concerned that residents of the center would complain about noise and force the businesses to limit their operation hours, and convinced the Board to impose conditions on the development to be determined later.
Los Angeles Councilwoman Wins Support for Proposed Noise Walls From 10-Year-Old Waiting List, On Condition that the List Be Re-Evaluated for Any Priority Changes Since the List Was Written (Nov. 4, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that Laura Chick, a councilwoman for Los Angeles, California won support from her colleagues for $3-million in freeway noise-wall projects from a ten-year-old list. She agreed to revisit the list to make sure that problem areas haven't shifted, but said that projects should begin soon, since they've been delayed at least a decade already.
Residents Near Escot, U.K. Worry that Second Phase of A30 Will Disrupt Their Lives and Businesses Just As First Phase Has Disturbed People In Exeter (Nov. 4, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that residents near Escot, U.K are worried that the second phase of the A30 highway will be as noisy as the first phase, which has prompted substantial protests.
Farmington, Utah Voters Defeat Initiative to Build Noise Walls (Nov. 3, 1999). The Deseret News reports that voters defeated a Farmington, Utah initiative to construct sound walls along Interstate 15. Supporters of the initiative said that misinformation, and voters living in quiet areas, skewed the vote.
Garforth, U.K. Campaigners Who Won a Fight to Resurface Noisy Road Near Their Homes Encourage Exeter Activists to Keep Pushing For Resurfacing of the Noisy A30 (Nov. 3, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that activists who campaigned for the resurfacing of a highway near Garforth, U.K. are encouraging those campaigning for the resurfacing of the A30 to push on. They say that the A30 activists now have evidence similar to what allowed their success earlier this year.
Tulsa, Oklahoma Resident Hopes Noise Wall Will Help Reduce Highway Noise that Cracks His Foundation and Renders His Backyard Unusable (Nov. 3, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that residents near Tulsa, Oklahoma's U.S. Route 169 hope a planned noise wall will reduce noise from the 90,000 vehicles that pass by each day. The noise is annoying and vibrations damage some foundations.
U.K. Roads Minister Will Examine Noise Report -- Which Shows A30 in Exeter is Too Loud -- Before He Meets with Activists Next Week (Nov. 3, 1999). The Express and Echo reports that U.K. Roads Minister Whitty has requested a copy of a noise report to examine before a meeting with Resurface the A30 activists next week. The report shows that the A30 is louder than predicted, and could be quieted if resurfaced.
Approval of Proposed Hotel and Housing Development In Aberdeen, U.K. Is In Question Due to Potential Rail and Airport Noise (Nov. 2, 1999). The Aberdeen Evening Express reports that planners say a proposed hotel and housing development in Aberdeen, U.K. may be too near to a noisy railroad and airport, and worry that future complaints will be directed at airport noise, or noise from established area businesses.
Residents in Lutterworth, U.K. Worry that Distribution Centers in Industrial Development Could Mean Noise from Trucks (Nov. 2, 1999). The Leicester Mercury reports that a planned industrial site in Lutterworth, U.K. has nearby residents worried about noise and pollution. The local plan was for offices to go into the site, but the proposal asks for industrial uses.
After Seven Years of Planning and Replanning, and a Near Doubling of Cost to $5.8-Million, a Thoroughfare in West Arlington, Texas Will Be Widened; Subcontractor Who Lost Bid for Noise Wall Says Their Bid was Lowest (Nov. 1, 1999). The Dallas Morning reports that after seven years of planning and a doubling of cost to $5.8-million, the widening of a West Arlington thoroughfare is finally underway. A subcontractor who lost the bid for the $1.1-million noise wall claims that he was promised the job. Residents had fought the widening project for years, but now hope for completion in under a year as city officials have asked.
Virginia Beach Noise Wall Is First For a Non-Highway (Nov. 1, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a $9.5-million road widening project in South Hampton, Virginia will be the first in the area to include a 9-foot noise wall on a non-highway.
Illinois Communities Will Compete for $25 Million in State Funds Allocated to Pay For Up to Half of Highway Noise Barriers (Oct. 17, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald prints several short articles on the week's news in local communities. One article deals with the Route 53 communities of Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine which are expected to ask for some of the $25 million that Illinois has made available for paying up to half of highway noise barrier projects nationwide. Competition among communities for the money is expected to be stiff.
Addison, Illinois Hires Consultant to Determine if Sound Wall Would Effectively Reduce Highway Noise, Although Some Say Addison Couldn't Afford the Wall Anyway (Oct. 15, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Addison, Illinois has decided to hire a noise consultant to determine whether a noise wall could ease noise for residents in the Oak Mill neighborhood. Some officials say the the city would have trouble paying for the $1-million-per-mile wall even if it would help. Proponents hope to get half of the money from Illinois' FIRST construction program, and to get the rest from other grants or by postponing less important village projects.
Noise Ordinance Voted Down in Upper Saucon, Pennsylvania After Nearly 90 Citizens and Business People Spoke Against It; Committee Formed to Better Define Commercial Shooting Range for Another Noise-Related Ordinance (Oct. 15, 1999). The Morning Call reports that the Upper Saucon Town supervisors voted at a recent meeting not to approve a noise ordinance after the vast majority of attendees against it. 100 petitioners originally requested an ordinance to get relief from the noise of motorcycles and other vehicles. The supervisors also stopped working on another noise-related ordinance that would restrict the use of firearms, and a committee will try to define a shooting range so it includes commercial ranges, but does not prevent "professional target shooters and local hunters and farmers [from continuing] to practice shooting on their own properties."
Residents Near Knoxville, Tennessee Want Noise Wall, but Officials Say Effective Walls Would Have to Be Too High (Oct. 15, 1999). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports on a noisy section of Interstate 40 where residents want noise barriers. An environmental study from 1988 called for barriers, but it was shown in a 1990 study that walls there would exceed the $25,000 per home cost. Residents say the number of people who would benefit from walls is being underestimated.
Residents Living Near New York City's Long Island Expressway are Upset at Noise from New Concrete Roadbed (Sep. 20, 1999). The Daily News reports on a town meeting being held tonight in the Juniper Park neighborhood to address resident concerns over noise from the Long Island Expressway. A state Department of Transportation Official will be on hand to answer questions about the road's rehabilitation.
West Lafayette, Indiana's Purdue University Creates Institute to Study Tire and Highway Noise (Sep. 20, 1999). Rubber & Plastics News reports that Purdue University in West LaFayette, Indiana has created the Institute of Safe, Quiet and Durable Highways. Tires have been studied at the University for years, and researchers already believe road noise to result from several distinct factors that warrant further study. The institute will have a $7 million budget for its first five years. There are opposing views at the new institute regarding the usefulness of "rubber-modified" asphalt, and it remains to be seen whether much research will be done in that area.
Dubuque, Iowa Council Members Ride in Big Rigs and Decide that "Jake Brakes" Shouldn't Be Outlawed; Instead, Police Should Ticket Truckers Whose Brakes are Loud from Lack of Maintenance (Sep. 17, 1999). The Telegraph Herald reports that city council members in Dubuque, Iowa recently took a ride in big rigs to hear the noise caused by "jake brakes." The council members reported that the brakes are only noisy when not maintained properly. Instead of the proposed ban on the brakes, a noise ordinance was passed to ticket truckers who did not maintain the brakes properly.
Residents in West Boca, Florida Frustrated with Noise Study that Says Noise Walls Are Too Ineffective and Expensive to Be Built; State Representatives Say Don't Give Up (Sep. 17, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the "bottom line" of a recent public meeting in West Boca, Florida on the subject of noise walls along U.S. 441 was that the walls could not be built. Many residents want the sound walls, some say that their property values will be hurt by the walls. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials said that their study's results -- which calculated a cost of $57,000 per home protected, and a reduction of less than five decibels at most of those homes most affected -- do not justify sound walls. Local politicians told residents at the meeting not to give up, and said that "this is not over."
Center Rumble Strip Designed to Reduce Head-On Collisions on Bolton, Connecticut's Route 6 Irritates Neighbors with Noise (Sep. 16, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports that a rumble strip installed in the center of Route 6 in Bolton, Connecticut is causing irritating noise for residents. Cars and trucks tend to ride the strip all along its length, and residents claim that the rumble strip -- while a good idea - is causing too much noise and is not the answer.
Noise and Light from Bus Depot in Bath, UK is Disturbing Residents; Local Planning Officer Says Mutual Compromise is Only Solution (Sep. 16, 1999). The Bath Chronicle reports that a bus depot in Bath, UK is upsetting residents with nighttime noise and light. The company did not consider the potential disturbance that could be caused by the lights before they put them in, as they were required to do. Planning officials say the site is not the best for the depot -- which includes an all-night maintenance building -- but claim that the depot is a benefit to the whole community. They admit that the lights are bothersome, but that some noise is inevitable due to the necessary maintenance building.
Noise-Weary Residents From Two More Communities in Quebec Joined Class Action Suit Against Two Canadian Railways (Sep. 16, 1999). The Gazette reports that at a public hearing in Cote St. Luc, Quebec regarding railway noise, dozens of residents learned about a class action suit that they may be able to join. The suit, instigated by a man in a nearby community, will try to force the railways to compensate residents for the noise and reduce noise and pollution. Currently, the man is asking for $25,000 in damages. A similar case was recently won against CN, ruling that the rail company must reduce noise.
Politicians in North Yorkshire, U.K. Push for Resurfacing of Highway Bypass that Could Reduce Noise for Residents (Sep. 16, 1999). The Northern Echo reports that the government in North Yorkshire, U.K. has agreed to study the possibility of resurfacing a particularly noisy concrete bypass. Normally resurfacing would be considered only after seven years, but the bypass may be eligible earlier if it is deemed to be in a "particularly sensitive location."
Residents and State Officials Near Boca Raton Disagree on Noise Walls. On the Turnpike, Residents Who Want Walls Won't Get Them; On State Route 7 Walls Are Planned Despite Resident Protests (Sep. 16, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that near Boca Raton, Florida, residents and officials can't agree on the subject of noise walls. On the turnpike, residents want noise walls but the state claims that not enough residents are affected by traffic noise. On State Route 7, the state plans to erect noise walls despite protests from many residents over the walls' appearance. The double standard is caused by different sources of funding.
Annapolis, Maryland Passes New Noise Ordinance (Sep. 14, 1999). The Capital reports on a new noise ordinance in Annapolis, Maryland. It applies to amplified music, shouting, and loud vehicles. A noise will be considered a violation if it can be heard fifty feet from the source.
Addison, Illinois Officials Approve Noise Study to Determine Potential Effectiveness of a Noise Wall on Interstate 290 (Sep. 10, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Addison, Illinois have approved a noise study which will determine whether a noise wall on Interstate 290 could effectively reduce traffic noise in the community. The study will cost $30,000, and if a noise wall is deemed effective, officials say they will pursue their half of the wall cost -- which would be about $500,000 -- from the state's FIRST program and other state grants.
Addison, Illinois Officials Approve Study on I-290 Highway Noise (Sep. 10, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Addison, Illinois officials have approved a $25,000 study to determine whether a noise wall along Interstate 290 would help muffle noise. Officials are past their fears that they may not be able to obtain money for the wall if it were deemed necessary; several state grant programs are available and several community projects may be postponed.
Federal Railway Administration Agrees to Review Applications for Grade Crossing Changes; Morris County, New Jersey Residents Are Eager for Changes that Would Allow Trains to Lay Off Their Horns (Sep. 10, 1999). The Record reports that the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has agreed to review applications by Morris County, New Jersey communities -- pending for years -- to install devices at railroad grade crossings that would eliminate the need for early-morning horn blasts. Congress asked the FRA in 1994 to design safety rules that would eliminate the need for horns at grade crossing without compromising safety. Certain devices make it virtually impossible for cars to get onto the tracks when a train is coming: barriers that separate lanes, surveillance cameras, and four-gate systems. Standard regulations by the FRA could come out any time from three months to ten years from now.
New York State Department of Transportation To Perform Noise Study; Official Clarifies Confusion Over Construction on the Northway (Sep. 10, 1999). The Times Union prints a response to a prior letter to the editor regarding noise on New York State's Northway. A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official says that the DOT will be performing a noise study on the Northway in Colonie to determine if there is a need for soundwalls in the area.
Albany Assemblyman Opposes Soundwalls Designed to Block Train Whistles at Stations and Supports Them at a New Railyard (Sep. 10, 1999). Newsday reports that an Albany, New York Assemblyman disagrees with residents' pleas for soundwalls at train stations, but supports them at a new railyard. He says the horns are necessary to keep people safely away from moving trains, and that people should better insulate their homes if they are so worried about noise. Conversely, he notes that the new Port Jefferson rail yard -- which was opposed by nearby residents -- should be the subject of an immediate noise study and should close while soundwalls are erected if they are deemed necessary.
Torbay, U.K. Railway Agrees to Limit Tree-cutting -- Necessary Every Year Along the Tracks -- to Daytimes on Monday through Saturday (Sep. 10, 1999). The Herald Express reports that tree-cutting along railroad tracks in Torbay, U.K. must now be performed between 7:30 AM and 10 PM on non-Sunday mornings. It normally takes up to four days of work with flailing machines along the seven-mile section of track to finish the job. Work at night, necessitated by train schedules, has prompted resident complaints. The railway was originally slapped with a noise abatement order, but the last minute deal avoided the need for an appeal.
Mine Safety and Health Administration Issues New Standards to Protect Miners from Prolonged Exposure to Dangerous Noise (Sep. 9, 1999). The U.S. Newswire reports that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will now require mine operators to monitor noise exposure and also make training, hearing tests, and hearing protection available to miners who are exposed to more than an 85 decibel average over eight hours. Hearing loss is one of the top occupational hazards among miners, and may reduce safety in the workplace.
City Council Proposes Limits on Delivery Times After Noise and Fumes from Idling Delivery Trucks at a Rocklin, California Food Store Prompt Complaints (Sep. 9, 1999). The Sacramento Bee reports that delivery trucks at a Rocklin, California grocery store have prompted the city council to propose limits on delivery times. Noise and exhaust has bothered residents, and the city council is considering gates that would keep delivery trucks out after certain hours. Traffic was also a concern, and a stop sign has been installed on the road to the store to deter speeding.
Cranston, Rhode Island's Zoning Board Denies Burger King Drive-Up Window After Residents Complain About Potentially Increased Noise and Traffic (Sep. 9, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Cranston, Rhode Island's Zoning Board denied Burger King's request for a drive-up window. The restaurant gathered 800 signatures that support the window, saying that many customers have asked for a drive-up window in the last two years; they maintain that concerns over increased traffic and drive-thru-speaker noise is unfounded. Residents say traffic is already backed up from cars turning into the restaurant, and fumes cause them to close their windows. Similar public outcry in 1997, when the restaurant was first opened, forced the restaurant to withdraw its request at that time.
Public Meeting in Goshen, Indiana to Discuss Limiting Train Whistle Noise (Sep. 9, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that a public meeting in Goshen, Indiana began a dialogue between city officials and residents on how to reduce noise from train whistles. Residents believe the whistles to have gotten shriller, louder, and less consistent in their number and pattern. Rail officials admitted that engineers sometimes use distinctive 'signatures', "personalizing them or using them to communicate with other engineers." While the Mayor noted that whistles can not be totally banned, new state legislation allows communities to regulate whistles at crossings with both lights and gates. Other communities have used measures such as curbing, vertical delineators, and nets. The council has rejected a resolution to regulate whistles on the local level, but has said it will consider an ordinance if a petition is presented. The Federal Rail Administration also intends to create new standards, which could trump any local ordinance.
Automated Horn System that Places Warning Horns at Rail Intersections Instead of On Trains Tested in Boca Raton, Florida (Sep. 9, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents of Boca Raton, Florida seemed enthusiastic after City-Council-sponsored tests of an Automated Horn System at rail crossings. The system places horns at the intersection and focuses them only on the intersection. City Council is considering a free six-month trial of the $15,000 systems. Florida has had night-time bans on train whistles in the past; after being judged too dangerous, the bans are being allowed again if $200,000 four-quadrant gates are installed to prevent cars from sneaking around the gates. Boca Raton is not near the top of the state's priority list for receiving the gates, and so the Automated Horn System is an attractive option.
Elderly Gardener in Seattle, Washington Asks Noise Abatement Funds for Interstate 5 to Include Wallingford District (Sep. 7, 1999). The Seattle Times prints a letter to the editor from an elderly gardener living beside Interstate 5 in Seattle, Washington. The writer asks that noise abatement funds earmarked for noise walls on Interstate 5 include the area in front of his home.
Proposed Roads Across San Diego Area Canyons Intended to Reduce Traffic Pit Environmentalists Against Transportation Planners (Sep. 5, 1999). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that many San Diego leaders are pushing to allow roads through area canyons to alleviate traffic problems. The canyons are important 'wildlife corridors' for species like Mule Deer, and often serve as natural retreats for people who want to escape the city. According to environmentalists, one canyon with a highway through it was "pushed into a slow biological decline." Another canyon which blocked a road that was proposed twenty years ago is in danger again. The canyon in question contains a huge nature preserve where hundreds of songbird species and eleven raptor species live in addition to many mule deer and other wildlife. Canyon crossings contribute to erosion problems in the canyons, and disrupt important wildlife corridors.
Residents of a Hampton, Virginia Subdivision Feel Soundwalls Have Been Unfairly Prioritized for Newer, Fancier Neighborhoods (Sep. 4, 1999). The Daily Press reports that residents of a subdivision in Hampton, Virginia that sits only a few blocks from Interstate 64 is itching to have soundwalls installed. Residents believe that newer subdivisions are getting quicker attention, but Virginia's Department of Transportation insists that it is interested in soundwalls for the neighborhood.
Noise Consultant for Wilmette, Illinois Residents Near Edens Expressway Recommend Noise Walls and Shrubbery (Sep. 3, 1999). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the noise consultant for Wilmette, Illinois recommends a combination of soundwalls and shrubbery to block highway noise after a year-long $100,000 study. The project -- designed to reduce the 79 decibels that those nearest Edens Expressway currently experience -- would cost $1.5 million, and the village hopes to get half of the funding from the state.
Protest of Long Island Railroad Train Whistle Draws Support From Residents and Politicians (Sep. 3, 1999). Newsday reports that 40 people gathered at Sayville, New York's Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station yesterday to protest a loud train whistle which has gotten louder since the introduction of double-decker trains. LIRR officials defend the whistles importance in assuring safety, citing federal guidelines that require a MINIMUM of 96 decibels at 100 feet in front of the train; still, they are performing a study on the whistles. Loud sounds such as train whistles can cause hearing loss, and a temporary increase in blood pressure and weakened immune system.
New York City Legislators Are Upset Over Unmitigated Noise From Long Island Railroad's Expanded Maintenance Yard; They Demand a Sound Wall, and Threaten to Withhold Other Funding (Aug. 31, 1999). Newsday reports that legislators in New York City are upset that an expanded railroad maintenance yard has gone into operation without a noise wall. Legislators are threatening to withhold funding for other railroad projects if the noise goes unmitigated. They plan to meet with railroad officials to discuss funding sources for the wall, while residents are calling a news conference to express their frustrations over the noise.
250 Residents Attend First In Series of Protests to Resurface a Concrete Exeter, U.K. Highway with Quieter Asphalt (Aug. 29, 1999). The Express & Echo reports that 250 residents attended the first in a series of planned protests over a noisy Exeter, U.K. highway. Concrete was selected because it lasts long but, it is much noisier than asphalt. Residents want the road resurfaced now, and say that if officials do nothing, they will step up their campaign.
Jaffrey, New Hampshire Police Begin Enforcement of Noise Ordinance (Aug. 28, 1999). The Union Leader reports that after loud car stereos caused noise problems outside quiet memorial day services this year, police in Jaffrey, New Hampshire decided to begin enforcing their noise ordinance. The ordinance also covers barking dogs, and loud motorcycles. Fines are $100.
Some Utah Residents Push for Removal of Sound Wall that Blocks Their View, Sunlight, and Actually Increases Noise for Some Residents (Aug. 27, 1999). The Deseret News reports that Utah's Transportation Commission is considering the removal of sound walls constructed along Interstate 215. 17 homeowners are already planning to sue for lost sunlight and views. A survey will be conducted of those who experience at least 65 decibels of highway noise in the Salt Lake City area to determine whether there is overwhelming support -- more than a majority -- for tearing down the walls
Blainville, Canada Resident Petitions for Right to File Suit Against Montreal's Metropolitan Transport Agency Over Loud, High-Speed Trains; Two Other Communities Destined to Have Similar Trains Watch with Interest (Aug. 26, 1999). The Gazette reports that a Blainville, Canada resident will attempt to file a class-action suit for $30,000 against the Metropolitan Transport Agency (MTA), as officials of nearby of nearby communities follow the case in hopes of learning what they can do if similar noise problems develop for their new rail lines. The communities are planning a public meeting that will inform residents of available recourse before the train lines are even installed.
Motorcyclists Riding Over 50 MPH May Experience Hearing Damage After Two Hours, Even With a Helmet (Aug. 26, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that motorcyclists can damage their hearing, if they ride over 50 MPH on a regular basis, simply from wind noise. At 65 MPH, two hours of riding can cause permanent damage; at 80 MPH, one hour can cause damage. A study conducted in the early 1990s in Britain showed hearing loss in 250 motorcyclists who rode regularly for at least five years with helmets but without earplugs.
Residents of Panther Woods, Florida Split Over New Link to Interstate (Aug. 26, 1999). The Press Journal reports that Panther Woods, Florida residents are split over whether to support a new $24-million link to the Interstate and the Florida Turnpike. Many residents say the link will be more convenient and will help development. Others say that noise will increase substantially.
New Orleans Noise Walls to Include Artistic Images of Local Plants (Aug. 23, 1999). The Times-Picayune reports that a noise wall design committee in New Orleans, Louisiana chose a design for a 10- to 24-foot noise wall that will line parts of a ten mile stretch of Interstate 10. The design includes local plants, and its choice was part of a $100,000 wall design process. The walls will go up in an area where residents are exposed to 180,000 vehicles each day and noise averages as high as 75 decibels.
Residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma Want Wall Between Highway and Elementary School; Purpose Would Be to Quiet Noise and Also Increase Safety of Students (Aug. 23, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports that residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma want a wall on Interstate 44. They want noise to be abated, but many are more concerned with the proximity of an elementary school playground to a dangerous section of the highway. At least three accidents have occurred in the last year during school hours. A wall was promised to residents in 1970 when the highway was first built.
Active Noise Control Technologies that Could Reduce Traffic Noise Under Development at Japanese Universities (Aug. 20, 1999). The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japanese universities are developing active noise control (ANC) technologies that could reduce traffic noise not blocked by traditional highway walls. ANC -- which "instantly measures traffic sounds and blares out soundwaves whose peaks and troughs cancel out the peaks and troughs of traffic" -- could be more effective than the traditional solution: adding height to the walls. A second technology consists of ducts that produce waves that counteract common traffic wavelengths without the use of electricity.
National Park Service Plans to Ban Cars from Grand Canyon National Park by 2003 (Aug. 20, 1999). USA Today reports that the National Park Service plans to ban personal vehicles from Grand Canyon National Park by 2003. Their plans also include restricting air-tour flights over the park, and strive to meet a goal of having at least 50% of the park dominated by natural sounds by 2008. As alternatives, they plan to develop a light-rail system and bus service that bring tourists from parking lots outside of the park. Also, they are planning an ecologically-conscious commercial development on the edge of the park that will recycle, conserve energy, and import water; currently, the high demand for the park's available groundwater is being taxed by more and more hotels and increasing suburban sprawl in nearby Tusayan.
Neighbors of New Exeter Highway Want Road Resurfaced Because of Noise (Aug. 18, 1999). The Western Morning News reports that neighbors of a brand-new Exeter, UK highway have already formed a pressure group to push for the resurfacing of the noisy road. The construction manager of the Highways Agency said he was there to listen to the public, as he had throughout the planning process, but he had no solutions. The pressure group is hopeful that it can get the road resurfaced since it has happened on new roads elsewhere in the country.
Noise From New Concrete Highway in Exeter, U.K. Bothers Residents; Officially, Noise Monitoring Won't Happen for One Year and Resurfacing Won't Happen for Twenty Years (Aug. 17, 1999). The Express & Echo reports that over 100 people attended a public meeting in Exeter, U.K. to protest excessive noise levels from a new concrete highway. Residents want a thin, tarmac coating to quiet the road; pressure from residents resulted in road resurfacing elsewhere in the U.K. despite official policy.
Porous Pavement -- Designed to Allow Better Drainage and Noise Reduction -- Tested in Vancouver (Aug. 17, 1999). The Vancouver Sun prints a traffic-related column that discusses test patches of "whisper asphalt" on Vancouver's roads. The porous asphalt allows better drainage and reduces noise. The asphalt will not see wide-spread application for several years until potential problems have been examined more thoroughly.
Troy, Ohio's Council Approves Noise Walls Along Interstate 75 (Aug. 17, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that Troy, Ohio's City council voted its support for proposed noise walls along Interstate 75, pleasing most of the 100 people in attendance. Opposition to the walls was based mainly on the fact that unmaintained walls can become an eyesore. A presentation which showed that "sustained exposure to loud noise often causes hearing loss, stress and other adverse health conditions" turned several council representatives from a 'no' to a 'yes' vote.
Letter to the Editor in London, Reprinted from 1940s', Addresses Disturbing Qualities of Noise (Aug. 16, 1999). The Times reprints a letter to the editor written by Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones (1857-1943), a London physician who often wrote to the paper first half of the 1900s. He was involved in finding new ways to treat those with mental diseases.
Traffic Policemen in India Subjected to Excessive Noise and Pollution (Aug. 16, 1999). The Hindu reports that in India, traffic police are exposed to high levels of noise and pollution. Many suffer from respiratory problems, and 'auto-rickshaws' with altered mufflers can damage hearing. Despite the prevalence of health problems, many police do not attend free check-ups offered to them. "Goggles, masks against dust, and ear protection" are being proposed as mandatory equipment for traffic police
Troy, Ohio Council to Vote on Noise Walls Today; Though Originally Leaning Towards Rejecting the Walls, A Study on Noise-Related Health Risks May Shift Their Vote (Aug. 16, 1999). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Troy, Ohio council will vote tonight on whether to approve 10-14-foot noise walls along Interstate 75. Consideration of noise-related health risks, coupled with a visit to one residence near the highway, may result in an approval for the walls. A "no" vote -- which was the original stance of the council -- would be referred to the top state transportation official because local sentiment favors the walls by over 90%
New Train-Maintenance Shop In Cote St. Luc, Canada May Be Noisy, City Officials Say (Aug. 10, 1999). The Gazette reports that city officials in Cote St. Luc, Canada are worried that noise from a new train-maintenance shop will cause complaints from residents. The mayor is scheduled to meet with the railroad companies to discuss potential noise impacts. Rail officials say the facility will not be any louder due to the repair shop.
Lorain County Residents and Officials Express Concerns Over Increased Rail Traffic; Top Concerns Were Safety, Noise and Blocked Roads, and Officials Noted that Continued Complaints to Federal Government Was the Best Road to Change (Aug. 7, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that residents and officials from several communities in Lorain County, Ohio gathered at a forum to discuss the problem of increased rail traffic. Residents were upset about noise from trains, but officials said that whistles shouldn't be quieted until safety can be improved: in part by building overpasses. Ohio Rail Development Commission officials suggested continued pressure on the transportation department to fight for the overpasses: an approach that worked in the Cleveland area.
Chicago Suburb Residents Living Near Edens Expressway Pleased With State's Agreement to Help Build a Noise Wall; The Decision Is the First Time the State Has Funded Noise Mitigation Separately From a Road Expansion Project (Aug. 6, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that for the first time, Illinois' FIRST program will be used to help pay for a noise wall along a section of road that is not undergoing expansion. The 18-foot wall will cost $1-million to $1.5-million per mile, and the local communities will be expected to put up matching funds for the project. The communities have already put up $100,000 collectively to pay for a study to determine the details of the wall.
While Residents Near Florida's Turnpike Are Upset That Noise Walls May Not Be Built, Residents Along U.S. Route 441 Don't Want Walls To Be Built (Aug. 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents along the Florida Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale want a noise wall to be built when the turnpike is expanded, but transportation officials say that the population isn't dense enough to warrant a wall. Residents along U.S. 441, who will be getting sound walls, don't want them. They fear that the ugly walls will detract from property values.
Calgary Rail Yard Should Not Create Noise Problem at Nearby General Hospital (Aug. 5, 1999). The Calgary Herald reports that a rail yard and repair shop -- which will be located within 600 feet of the General Hospital in Calgary -- should not create a noise problem. Repairs will be made inside, and whistles will not need to be blown when trains are shunting.
Farmington, Utah Sound Walls Under Contention; Council Doesn't Want to Build Ugly Concrete Walls, While Residents Who Do Have Forced a Public Vote (Aug. 5, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that noise walls -- proposed along Farmington Utah's Interstate 15 -- are as source of local disagreement. Council members want more time to study more aesthetic alternatives, but residents have forced a public initiative vote that could overrule a 'no' vote by the council. Utah's Department of Transportation (UDOT) has offered to build the walls along Interstate 15, but the council is studying alternatives such as earthen berms and trees.
Los Angeles Pays for Extra Soundproofing For Seven Homes Near Noisy Street (Aug. 5, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angles will pay for additional soundproofing for several homes near a busy street as part of a widening project.
Train Whistles Cause Disturbances in Glen Rock, New Jersey (Aug. 5, 1999). The Record reports that several residences have gathered 60 signatures from those who are disturbed by excessive train whistles in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Passenger and Freight companies say they are just following state and federal rules, but the Federal Railroad Administration says that railroads submit their own whistle guidelines for approval. A pending request to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would allow engineers to blow the whistles less often if special 'quad gates' are installed at intersections to deter motorists from crossing the tracks when a train is coming
Atlanta Columnist Explains What Must Happen for Erection of a Noise Barrier (Aug. 5, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution prints a question and answer column, which includes a question about why noise barriers have not been installed in front of certain highway-noise-impacted properties. The columnist answers that several criteria -- including a maximum cost per residence and a requirement that a noise wall must be part of a highway widening project -- must be met beyond the minimum 69 decibels of noise impact to qualify an area for a wall.
Oklahoma City Transportation Department Approves Noise Wall Where It Was Previously Said to Be Unfeasible; Change Of Heart Reflects New Uses for Road and New Noise-Dampening Materials (Aug. 3, 1999). The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a 1,300-foot, $250,000 noise wall along a section of Interstate 44. The commission originally considered the wall as part of a 1990 highway contract. "Changes in the operation" of the road, as well as new noise-dampening materials have now made a noise wall possible.
Residents of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania Are Upset Over Noise From Highway Construction Blasting and Potential Noise From the Finished Highway; They Also Oppose a Zoning Proposal That Would Allow a Salt Dome and Police Barracks to Be Built Nearby (Aug. 2, 1999). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania are upset about a highway construction project that promises to subject them to daily dynamite blasts for ten months. Currently, construction-workers' shifts end begin at 6 a.m. and end at midnight, but soon those hours may be extended until 4:30 a.m. The blasting and construction is part of a project to create a 65-mile toll highway between Pittsburgh and Interstate highways in West Virginia.
Yesterday's Seldom-Used Highway Has Become Today's Noisy Expressway; Rural Neighbors Are Upset (Aug. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Sawgrass Expressway, in North Lauderdale, Florida has gone from a seldom-used highway dubbed "the road to nowhere" in 1986 to a noisy expressway that is increasingly disturbing to rural residents. Some residents are particularly upset by noise from a two month resurfacing project, while others moved here for a country life that they feel is now disrupted.
Noisiest Section of Expressway in Massachusetts to Get Noise Walls After Eleven Years (Jul. 31, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that a $2 million construction of noise walls along the Expressway in Quincy, Massachusetts is scheduled to begin soon, 11 years after the highway section was rated noisiest in the state. 190,000 vehicles use the section of the Expressway every weekday. The article discusses the structure of the walls in more detail than most articles do.
Alexandria, Virginia Home Uses Landscaped Waterfalls and Lagoons to Block Sounds of Traffic (Jul. 29, 1999). The Washington Post reports on a home in Alexandria, Virginia that was landscaped to deal with traffic noise using more pleasant noise from water. The award-winning design includes two fountains in front and two waterfalls in back, together with berms scattered around the property and a stand of evergreens that help to quiet the property from the nearby highway. The use of water in sound abatement has double in the last ten years.
Colonie Residents Near New York State's Northway Petition DOT to Perform Noise Study, Erect Noise Walls (Jul. 29, 1999). The Times Union reports that residents in Colonie, New York near the Northway are petitioning the Department of Transportation to erect noise walls. Traffic on the highway has increased 5-fold since its completion in 1962, and over 75 people signed the community petition. The DOT has no current plans to erect noise walls, and says that maintenance, safety, and bridge projects will take precedence over the walls.
Nelson, New Zealand Residents, Already Campaigning for Ban on Nighttime Logging Truck Runs On One Street, Widen Proposed Ban to Include All Residential Streets At All Times (Jul. 29, 1999). The Nelson Mail reports that Nelson, New Zealand residents, who were already campaigning against nighttime logging truck runs on Nile Street have widened the proposed ban to include all residential streets at all times. Complaints surrounding logging trucks have included noise and safety issues, made worse after a log fell from a truck recently. The logging company pledges increased safety but says they need to use residential streets. Residents plan to continue pushing the council, which is perceived in a cynical light.
Quincy, Massachusetts Residents Ask MBTA for More Noise Barriers, Better Bus Service to Stations (Jul. 28, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports that a public meeting attended by over 50 residents and the MBTA illuminated two main resident complaints: noise and insufficient bus service to railroad stations. The MBTA says it will try to speed up wall placement, and will institute a pilot program to determine if more frequent bus service is feasible and necessary.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police and City Officials Work Towards Reduction of Motorcycle Noise (Jul. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that after years of noise from motorcycles, police have started to increase enforcement, using decibel meters to measure noise as well as identifying doctored mufflers forbidden by state law. They are working with city officials to change the noise ordinance to make that enforcement easier. Police have ticketed more frequently with 160 citations last year, but city officials say that number could be ticketed in a week. Noisy muffler pipes -- legally available as 'off-road' models -- add personality to a bike, and alert drivers to a biker's presence. Motorcycle noise is seen as a threat to the public, and many popular motorcyclist spots encourage patrons to reduce motorcycle noise.
California's Transportation Department Proposes Piggybacking Soundwalls on Interstate Expansion Project If State Approves Money (Jul. 22, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports that California's Transportation Department (Caltrans) wants to install sound walls along Interstate 10 near the Redlands community as part of a proposed highway expansion plan. Residents have complained about traffic noise for years because of its annoyance and impact on their property values. The brick wall would reach 14 feet on both sides of the highway. Caltrans says its proposal is contingent on state money that will become available in 2002.
Railroad Yard in Bogota, New Jersey Agrees to Delay Plans for Second Siding Until Current Complaints of Long-Idling Trains Are Addressed (Jul. 22, 1999). The Record reports that executives at CSX Corporation, a rail shipping company, have agreed not to build a proposed second siding at their Bogota, New Jersey Railyard until complaints over long-idling engines are addressed. Engines that idle up to 30 hours spew fumes and noise into the lives of nearby residents. CSX plans to discuss alternatives with local lawmakers, and say that the problems are caused by problems at another railyard near Albany, New York.
Rail Companies in Northern New Jersey Talk of Expansion While Several Towns Are Already Inundated With Noise and Fumes from Idling Deisel Trains (Jul. 19, 1999). The Record reports that complaints over noise and fumes from long-idling diesel trains in Northern New Jersey have increased in recent months. Several municipalities, including Bogota and Ridgefield Park, are also concerned about safety since some of the trains block emergency vehicle crossings. Railroad companies seem to believe that "they are no longer accountable", and the Federal Surface Transportation Board -- which is supposed to watch rail companies -- seem incapable of real action; federal legislators are talking with rail companies, but the next step may be legislation designed to make rail companies more responsible.
Elkhart, Indiana Toughens Noise Ordinance (Jul. 11, 1999). The South Bend Tribune reports that Elkhart, Indiana's noise ordinance will be toughening fines, ranging from $100 to $2500. The ordinance will now apply around the clock, and police can identify violators by hearing a noise 50 feet from the source, measuring over 83 decibels at 15 feet, or subjectively judging a sound to be "inherently offensive and patently obnoxious." Recent regulation of train whistles in Elkhart prompted the revisions to the ordinance in the interest of dealing with several other noise issues -- such as loud mufflers or stereos -- at the same time.
Illinois town Council To Update Noise Ordinance (Jul. 8, 1999).
Indiana Town Council's Proposed Noise Ordinance To Curb Barking Dogs (Jul. 8, 1999). The South Bend Tribune printed letters to its action line regarding barking dogs and other loud noises.
UK Groups Say Noise Is Hazardous to Your Health (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Times Newspapers, you can get sick from an over exposure to noise. Loud music, neighbors that fight, barking dogs and the do-it-yourselfer who uses a hammer and drill too long are all among the most emphatic noise complaints.
Phoenix City Council OKs Noise Barriers For Arroyo Springs Residents (Jul. 7, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that Arroyo Springs residents will finally get relief from the overwhelming noise from cars and trailer trucks passing by on nearby Loop 101.
Illinois Speed Boater Challenges Noise Citation from County (Jul. 7, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports that Mike Lovergine, a McHenry resident, is the first person ever to receive a $35 citation for making too much noise in his hih performance speedboat on Pistakee Bay, north of Johnsburg. The man plans to challenge the ticket in the County Circuit Court.
Police in Rhode Island Town to Purchase ATV To Patrol Gravel Pits (Jul. 7, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that dirt bikers are no longer welcome on private property. About 400 acres of gravel pits near the New London Turnpike and Route 95 never have been a site for recreation, but dirt bikers have used them for some time without being challenged. That's all about to change because of the noise they make.
Utah City Council Puts Noise Barrier On Voting Ballot (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Deseret News, residents in Farmington want the town to build noise barriers around Interstate 15, which is soon to be expanded. They were successful in getting over 1,000 signatures to have the issue on the city's Nov. 2 ballot.
Utah Residents Want Noise Barrier on I-15 (Jul. 7, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune says that residents in Farmington, Utah want the city to build a sound barrier along Interstate 15. They've gathered over 1,000 signatures asking the city to accept state funding for a concrete slab from the Utah Department of Transportation. If the city declines, residents say they have over 25 percent more signatures than they need to get on the ballot at voting time in November.
Silence Is golden (Jul. 2, 1999). The following Op Ed article appeared in the Jerusalem Post.
Residents of Villa Park, Illinois Want Existing Noise Ordinance Strengthened to Increase Enforceability and Eliminate Late-Night Idling of Refrigerator Trucks (Jun. 30, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the Villa Park, Illinois Village Board is considering changes to its noise ordinance that will allow police to crack down on drivers of refrigerator trucks who leave them idling all night. Residents near a motel lot where refrigerator trucks often idle complained at a recent board meeting. The current ordinance prohibits the trucks from running between 8 PM and 6 AM, but suggested changes would make the property owner responsible for not allowing the trucks to idle. One board member suggested putting the regulation under traffic laws, allowing easier enforceability.
Residents in Lyons Park, Oklahoma Living Next to Interstate 44 Schedule Session to Tell Politicians They Need a Noise Wall (Jun. 25, 1999). The Daily Oklahoman reports that residents of Lyons Park, Oklahoma, who live next to Interstate 44 are tired of waiting for a noise wall. Since the Interstate was built they have wanted a noise wall, and a 'gripe session' has been scheduled for discussion with politicians including officials from the state Department of Transportation and a local U.S. Representative. The Transportation Department says the project is still being considered, and is currently gathering noise data and estimating costs for the wall.
Sigapore's Land Transport Authority Defends Its Highway Noise Reduction Efforts (Jun. 17, 1999). The Straits Times (Singapore) printed a letter by Han Liang Yuan of the Land Transport Authority, defending the Authority's efforts to reduce road traffic noise.
Motorcycle Noise Major Problem (Jun. 16, 1999). The Straits Times (Singapore) printed a letter to the editor protesting motorcycle noise.
Noise Greatest Cause of Hearing Loss in Aging Baby Boomers (Jun. 14, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports President Clinton's noise-related hearing loss has prompted other baby boomers to seek treatment for their own noise-related hearing problems.
Plainview, NY Residents Say Proposed Expressway Sound Barrier Too Intrusive (Jun. 13, 1999). The Daily News reports residents of Plainview, NY feel a proposed expressway sound barrier would destroy their landscape.
British Parliament May Give Municipalities the Right to Close Roads to Reduce Traffic, Noise, and Pollution on National Car-Free Day and Other Days (Jun. 7, 1999). Times Newspapers Limited reports that as England prepares for the upcoming National Car-Free Day, which encourages motorists to voluntarily give up their car for a day, Parliament is considering granting municipalities the right to close roads on car-free days. Ministers have been impressed by French successes with road-closings; thirty-five French towns closed roads last year, "cutting car traffic by up to a third, and reducing noise and pollution"; then, local councils create detailed reports about public response, and reductions in noise and pollution.
London Resident Notes that Small Two-Stroke Motorcycles Should Be Subject to Same Noise Restrictions as Four-Stroke Vehicles (Jun. 6, 1999). London's Sunday Telegraph prints a letter to the editor, pointing out that loud motorcycles are not the fault of negligent motorists, but the fault of ambiguous law that allows two-stroke vehicles to be louder than four-stroke vehicles.
Cleveland's Revitalized Warehouse District Gets Louder, Residents Complain (Jun. 3, 1999). The Cleveland Scene reports that while Cleveland's previously decaying Warehouse District is now jumping with nightclubs, an equally expanding residential population -- currently 1,533 residents and expected to grow by another 500 this year -- is concerned about the noise from bands, noisy patrons, and traffic that continue past 2 AM. The Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation will be funding a survey to determine if residents in the District feel noise is a problem. The mayor claims he is concerned with noise in neighborhoods, and will be looking into the issue.
Rocky Hill, Connecticut Residents Along I-91 Pleased that State is Conducting Noise Abatement Analysis (Jun. 3, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports that residents in Rocky Hill, Connecticut near I-91, who have for decades complained about traffic noise, are pleased with the state's current noise abatement study. Residents submitted a 200-signature petition to the city council complaining about interstate noise; the interstate borders 700-800 homes in Rocky Hill. The Federal Highway Administration has determined that noise abatement must be provided, and the state is in the process of deciding whether that is reasonable and feasible. If all goes well, construction could begin within several years.
California Towns Consider Restrictions on Personal Watercraft, Residents Line Up On Both Sides (May 31 1999). The PM Cycle reports that jet skis, boats and all personal watercraft will face new restrictions at Donner Lake near Truckee. Noise, water quailty and safety are all concerns addressed in the regulations, according to the article. The article goes on to say that residents in Truckee and Donner Lake are calling for for sweeping changes in regulation of watercraft based on a similar ban at nearby Lake Tahoe. Other residents who support stricter regulation claim the new restrictions are not strict enough, while still others oppose the new restrictions claiming their civil rights are being violated, the article says. (May 31, 1999). TRUCKEE, Ca - Pm Cycle reports that jet skis and other personal watercraft will face new and sweeping restrictions at nearby Donner Lake in a proposal by the town council.
Bid For Noise Barrier Puts Arizona Town Council Against the Wall (May 28, 1999). A city councilwoman in Peoria wants the town council to approve a bid for a block wall between a busy avenue and nearby homes with acre-plus lots. Her proposal is controversial because she would be one of the wall's biggest beneficiaries. The town council voted to table the discussion until after her term expires in June. (May 28, 1999). Peoria, AZ - The Arizona Republic reports that Councilwoman Rebekah Coty wants a block wall built between Olive Avenue and the homes in West Olive Farms, a development in Peoria with acre-plus lots.
Bid For Noise Barrier Puts Arizona Town Council Against the Wall (May 28, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that a city councilwoman in Peoria wants the town council to approve a bid for a block wall between a busy avenue and nearby homes with acre-plus lots. Her proposal is controversial because she would be one of the wall's biggest beneficiaries.
Department of Transportation To Measure for Noise Along I- (May 28, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports that an engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation will measure the noise level of vehicles traveling on Interstate 480.
Fenton, Missouri Board of Aldermen Approved a Bill that Limits Noisy Construction to Roughly Daylight Hours (May 27, 1999). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Fenton Board of Aldermen has limited the hours that construction companies can create noise to between 7 AM and sunset during the week, and between 8 AM and sunset on Saturdays and Sundays. Construction noise is defined as the work, related vehicular traffic and other noises that emanate from a construction site.
How Loud Can Sound Be? (May 27, 1999) According to The Hartford Courant, sound, which is measured in decibels (dB), ranges from normal conversation at 50 to 60 dB to the loudest sound tolerated by the human ear at about 120dB. The Hartford Courant gives several examples of different sounds that we hear in the course of a normal day. A soft whisper measures 30 dB. Trains can produce a sound measuring as high as 93 dB about 100 feet in advance. An alarm clock at two feet measures 80 dB. Immediate danger to the human ear is 120 dB, sound levels from a thunderclap or in front of speakers at rock concerts. (May 27, 1999). THE Hartford Courant reports on sound volume, which is measured in decibels, (dB). The article gives several expampls of different sounds that we can hear in the course of a normal day. Normal conversation measures about 50 to 60 dB. According to the Courant, the loudest sound that can be tolerated by the human ear is about 120 dB. Federal Railroad Administration officials, reports the Courant, say a train traveling 45 miles per hour or greater would produce a sound measuring a maximum of 93 dB. The article goes on to say that FRA regulations require train warning horns to be set no less than 96dB, to be heard 100 feet in advance. The article lists several other sounds that we hear: 30 dB -- a quiet Library or soft whisper; 70 dB -- busy traffic, noisy restaurant. At this level, reports the Courant, noise may begin to affect your hearing if exposure is constant. Subways, heavy city traffic, alarm clock at two feet, and factory noise all measure 80 dB. These noises are dangerous if you are exposed to them for more than eight hours. A Chain saw, stereo headphones, pneumatic drill measure 100 dB. According to the article, even two hours of exposure can be dangerous at 100 dB and with each 5 dB increase, the "safe time" is cut in half. Sound at a Rock concert in front of speakers, sandblasting, thunderclap measure 120 dB, and the danger is immediate, reports the Courant. At 120 dB, the article reports, exposure can injure your ear. A gunshot blast and a jet plane measure 140 dB, and the article reports that any length of exposure time is dangerous and may cause actual pain in the ear. At 180 dB, the sound at a rocket launching pad, noise at this level causes irreversible damage without ear protection and hearing loss is inevitable. The Hartford Courant data on decibel level was compiled by the Deafness Research Foundation for BlueCross and BlueShield of Massachusetts
How Loud Can Sound Be? (May 27, 1999). Sound, which is measured in decibels (dB), ranges from normal conversation (50-60 dB) to the loudest sound tolerated by the human ear (+120dB), according to the Hartford Courant. The article cites several examples of different sounds that we hear in the course of a normal day. A soft whisper measures 30 dB. Trains can produce a sound measuring as high as 93 dB about 100 feet in advance. An alarm clock at two feet measures 80 dB. Immediate danger to the human ear is 120 dB--sound levels from a thunderclap or sitting in front of speakers at rock concerts.
Peoria, Arizona Councilwoman's Proposed Noise Wall Fronts Her Own House, Creating Conflict of Interest (May 26, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports on a noise wall proposed in Peoria, Arizona. The wall has been proposed by councilwoman Rebekah Coty who lives in the community; she has said that she will allow her fellow council members to make the decision, to avoid a conflict of interest.
Farmington, Utah's City Council Stance Against Unattractive Noise Walls on I-15 Less Certain After Residents Push for the Structures (May 23, 1999). The Desert News reports that Farmington, Utah's city council is now wavering in their stance against noise walls on Interstate 15 that they say would be aesthetically unattractive. 175 residents signed a petition saying the freeway noise is 'overwhelming' and that they want noise walls -- attractive or not -- swaying two council members to their side, while the rest of the council voted to postpone a decision until after further study and public input. The council had been opposed to the walls, which would require amendment of the city's master plan, at a public hearing two weeks ago.
Boston's Logan Airport and Others Should Compenstate Neighbors (May 18, 1999). The Boston Globe printed an Opinion piece by an MIT management and economics professor Lester Thurow suggesting that political difficulties with expanding airports, or better yet developing high-speed rail, be solved the way they are in France: financial compensation. In France, residents receive monthly checks depending on how close they live to power plants to compensate them for the risks. Thurow suggests that we pay premiums for houses that have to be torn down, compensate for train noise, and get a real high-speed rail system underway.
Albany, New York is Home to Blasting Car Stereos, Unmufflered Motorcycles, and Honking Taxis (May 16, 1999). The Times Union printed a letter to the editor as follows:
Residents in Plainview, New York Who Wanted a Noise Wall for the Highway in 1992 Now Oppose It As Too Close to Their Homes (May 16, 1999). Newsday reports that residents in Plainview, New York who asked their representative for a noise wall in 1992 when he was elected now say that the proposed 18-24 foot wall would block their view. Because of the sloped terrain between the highway and the homes, utility and emergency access issues, and economic feasibility, the wall would have to be closer to the property lines than to the road to be effective. In 1997 about 100 residents signed a petition saying that the noise wall would be too close, and this year about 40 signed a petition saying they no longer wanted it at all.
Stamford, Connecticut Noise Ordinance Enforcement Transferred to Police (May 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Stamford, Connecticut's noise ordinance will now be enforced by police instead of city health inspectors. The change comes in response to continuing, frequent complaints about car stereos, construction, car alarms, and garbage trucks among other noise sources. Fines can be up to $99 per day, and noise limits depend on the type of zone (residential, commercial, industrial) the noise is in.
Stamford, Connecticut Noise Ordinance Enforcement Transferred to Police (May 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Stamford, Connecticut's noise ordinance will now be enforced by police instead of city health inspectors. The change comes in response to continuing, frequent complaints about car stereos, construction, car alarms, and garbage trucks among other noise sources. Fines can be up to $99 per day, and noise limits depend on the type of zone (residential, commercial, industrial) the noise is in.
Canada's CN Rail Begins Appeal of Order to Abate Noise at Oakville Rail Yard (May 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports that Canada's CN Rail, which moved some noisy operations to its Oakville railyard in 1998, is appealing a Canadian Transport Agency order to reduce noise in Oakville. A citizen's committee supported the March ruling, which requires CN to monitor noise at the yard twice each month and submit a long-term noise reduction plan. The Federal Court of Appeals will now determine if the appeal has legal grounds, and in the meantime CN will perform noise measurements in compliance with the order.
Many Residents in Boca Raton, Florida Want Smaller Highway Noise Wall Atop Berm Instead of Larger, Less Attractive Wall (May 6, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that about 150 residents in Boca Raton, Florida gathered for a rally against a proposed 16-foot to 18-foot noise wall between their homes and U.S. Route 441. Instead, they want an 8-foot wall atop an existing 8-foot berm, which they say would be equally effective and more attractive that the proposed "prison setting." The Department of Transportation says it doesn't have money to buy extra land for berms, and that it's too far along in the process to change plans. Three federal legislators vowed to help residents, saying that a delay is worth it if a more acceptable compromise can be reached.
West Boca, Florida Residents Oppose 16-foot Noise Wall on U.S. 441, Asking For Shorter Wall Atop Existing Berm (May 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that over 200 residents gathered in Boca Chase to protest a proposed I-95 style noise walls in front of their homes that they say would give the community a 'prison-like' feel and decrease their property values. The Department of Transportation wants to build 16-foot noise walls in front of 8 communities in Boca Raton, Florida; Boca Chase residents want an 8-foot wall atop an existing berm, which has been shown already in Hillsborough county and confirmed by the state noise program administrator. The sound barriers, whatever their final form, will be required after the proposed widening of U.S. 441 from two lanes to six increases noise to more than 67 decibels, the point at which federal regulations require a noise wall.
Pill, U.K Residents Oppose New Freight Railway Line, Saying Highway Noise is Bad Enough Already (May 5, 1999). The Bristol Evening Post reports that residents in Pill, U.K. are upset at the proposed new railway branch to two existing railway lines. Residents have endured noise from the M5 Avonmout Bridge for years, and its proposed widening already promises to increase noise. The heavy freight that would use the new railway would be add to the noise, making it unbearable for many residents. The Bristol Port Company wants to build the line across a wildlife area, moving thousands of heavy shipping vehicles off the roads.
Proposed Ordinance in Plano, Texas Would Tighten Light and Noise Restrictions for Car-Related Businesses (May 5, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports that Plano, Texas' Planning Commission is considering a noise ordinance proposal that would stictly limit the light and noise that a car-related business (such as a gas station) can allow to leave their property. 24-hour gas stations have been flooding residential communities with light and noise at night. The new ordinance would limit the light that can spill over to any area of a neighbors yard, limit sound to 60 dB in daytime and 55 dB at night, and would keep gas stations on the corners of city blocks. Fines for violations can be as high as $2000.
Fox Point, Wisconsin Considers Ordinance for Noisy, High Traffic Home Businesses (May 4, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Fox Point, Wisconsin village officials are considering a noise ordinance that would deal with noise from home-based businesses. The issue was raised after several residents complained about a landscaping/snow removal business proprietor whose traffic and long-idling vehicles are disruptive.
Public in Utah's Salt Lake Valley Split on Sound Walls, Some Ask That Walls Demanded Two Years Ago Be Torn Down (May 1, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 150 residents from Utah's Salt Lake Valley communities packed a Transportation Commission Meeting to voice varied opinions over Interstate 215 sound walls. Two years ago, residents demanded sound walls from the Commission in the same areas; some commissioners doubted their effectiveness along a hillside, but approved the $1 million project in response to pressure from state officials. While some still love the walls, the recent meeting was filled with even more people who want the walls demolished to regain the valley views they love more than quiet. Some comments regarding the Department of Transportation's decision making process prompted the commission to promise a look at the original decision to build the walls. The question is, was the public educated as to the impact the walls would have?
Residents Along Highways in Utah's Salt Lake Valley Have Varying Opinions About Noise Walls (May 1, 1999). The Associated Press State and Local Wire reports that Utah's Transportation Commission is caught between residents who like noise-walls and those who hate them. Some residents say the walls allow them to enjoy their yards again without shouting over highway noise. Others want the walls demolished, arguing that their views of the valley are more important. The Department of Transportation will be remeasuring noise levels in June to determine if the sound walls have effectively reduced noise.
California's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Votes to Prioritize Long-Promised Highway Noise Walls, Legislators Push for Funds (Apr. 30, 1999). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that California's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and legislators are trying to accelerate the building of promised highway soundwalls in the state. A list, created in 1989, still includes 58 soundwalls that have yet to be built. Since 1989, 91 additional soundwalls have been placed on a second list. The large majority of the soundwalls on the first list are in Los Angeles County, with at least 13 in San Fernando Valley.
Jacksonville, Florida Residents Concerned About Noise from Proposed Flyover Ramp That Would Bypass a Currently Congested Intersection (Apr. 28, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reports that a flyover ramp in Jacksonville, Florida -- designed to take pressure off of a busy intersection that currently serves approximately 116,000 motorists -- is drawing objections from residents who don't want the increased noise. Residents claim that new traffic will now be on their streets, raising noise levels. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has prioritized the plan, along with the Florida Department of Transportation because of the severely congested intersection. It is estimated that a proposed connector will reduce traffic at the intersection to 89,000 by 2010, but the flyway is still needed.
Boca Raton, Florida Citizens Split Over Proposed Sound Walls Along State Highway (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Boca Raton, Florida residents are divided over the proposed sound walls scheduled to be built along U.S. 441. Many residents are concerned that the walls will ruin aesthetics, decrease property values and increase vandalism.
Florida's Department of Transportation Will Recommend Whether and How to Build Sound Walls on U.S. 441 Near Boca Raton; Public Hearings Have Split Between Those Wanting Quiet and Those Wanting Aesthetics (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) will make its recommendation next week to the Federal Highway Department on whether and how to build noise walls on U.S. 441 near Boca Raton. Residents have been split between those wanting relief from growing traffic noise, and those who believe the 18-foot walls will ruin their views and property values, creating "a walled city."
Previous Decision To Require a Landlord in London, England to Soundproof His Apartments from Noise was Overturned Because Existing Noise Act Exempts Vehicles on the Street (Apr. 27, 1999). The Press Association reports on a successful appeal in London, England by a landlord who was ordered to soundproof his apartments against traffic noise. The High Court ruled that although environmental laws require that apartments not compromise the tenants health, noise from street vehicles is not considered a statutory nuisance that could compromise health. The landlord had refused to soundproof his apartments, and was taken to court; his successful appeal frees him of the order for the time being. The presiding judges noted that railway noise was not exempted, though it was not an issue in this case.
Resident of Boston's Cambridge Neighborhood Maintains that Curfew on 'Through-Trucks' Will Keep Local Streets Quieter (Apr. 25, 1999). The Boston Globe prints a letter from Thomas Bracken, a member of the Truck Traffic Advisory Committee in Boston's Cambridge neighborhood. Bracken says that a proposed ban on the use of local Cambridge streets by late-night through-truckers with no local destination will quiet the streets; he holds that opponents in Belmont who believed the curfew would increase noise in their town are mistaken, and that the ban will benefit all communities within Boston.
Crownsville,Maryland Residents Debate the Ups and Downs of Rezoning (Apr. 23, 1999). The Capital reports that residents of Crownsville, Maryland have mixed opinions over whether or not residential properties should be upzoned from rural-agriculture and one house per acre, to two houses per acre. While some residents have much to gain, others have much to lose.
Georgia Woman Boycotts Tennessee Because of Noise From Interstate (Apr. 23, 1999). A letter to the editor in The Tennessean reports that one woman will never spend "another dime" in Tennessee because of the state's refusal to build sound walls along the interstate behind her child's home.
Japan Environmental Agency Will Put the Pressure on the Auto Industry to Produce Low-noise Trucks and Motorcycles (Apr. 23, 1999). The Jiji Press Ticker Service reports that the final phase of a noise reduction plan in Japan will begin in 2001 with the tightening of regulations for truck and motor cycle noise.
Visitor to Brentwood, Tennessee Says Highway Noise is an Unbearable Disgrace (Apr. 23, 1999). The Tennessean prints this letter to the editor written by the mother of a Brentwood, Tennessee resident. When she recently visited her children, the noise from Interstate 65 was too loud to allow conversations. She feels that this unmitigated problem is a disgrace to the community and to the state.
Residents of Madison's East Side Get Sound Barriers To Quiet Noise From Expanded Interstate 90 (Apr. 20, 1999). Wisconsin State Journal reports that Madison, Wisconsin residents have received $3.7 million worth of sound barriers complements of the state government in order to quiet the noise arising from expansion of Interstate 90-94.
Neighborhood Wants To Quiet the Noise From Private Race Track Belonging To Red Dog, Their Professional Motocross Neighbor (Apr. 19, 1999). The Pasco Times reports that the neighbors of a professional motorcycle racer want him to stop practicing on his private track located on his property. So far they haven't gotten anywhere, so they are taking their complaint to the County Commissioner.
Texas Residents Feel Betrayed by Reduction of Sound Wall (Apr. 17, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Texas Department of Transportation's decision this week to reduce a sound barrier wall between Trophy Club and the Texas 114 bypass by 420 feet is a betrayal of an agreement reached 10 years ago, residents and officials said yesterday.
Florida Residents Petition against Expansion of Noisy Sawgrass Expressway (Apr. 14, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents of one community have petitioned the Florida DOT against expansion of what they say is highway that's already too noisy.
Editorial: Race Track in Haywood, NC, will Mean Noise and Turmoil for Residents (Apr. 12, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times published a rebuttal of Vesta Neale's guest column on Friday, March 26, advocating for a race track in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resident Peggy M. Setzer writes:
Neighbors Disagree over Sound Walls along Florida's U. S. 441 (Apr. 12, 1999). Tthe Sun-Sentinel reports not all residents are in favor of sound walls along U.S. 441 that cuts through Boca Raton, Florida, despite the planned expansion of the road from two to six lanes.
ADOT Will Retest Noise Through Gap in Sound Wall near Mesa when Freeway Completed (Apr. 10, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Department of Transportation has decided to "wait and see" about a section of sound wall Mesa residents insist is needed to muffle noise from the Price Freeway.
Automobile Noise Regulations Now Law in Raleigh, NC (Apr. 8, 1999). The News and Observer reports in attempt to regulate noise from high-powered car stereos, the Raleigh, North Carolina, City Council unanimously approved an automobile noise ordinance Tuesday.
Saying, "You Can't Get Away from the Noise Problem," Seekonk, Mass. Zoning Appeals Board Denies Permit for Company (Apr. 5, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the Zoning Board of Appeals in Seekonk, Massachusetts, agreed with residents' noise concerns and denied a permit for a parcel-distribution center in a residential neighborhood.
Michigan Town Wants to Lower Volume on Noisy Car Stereos (Apr. 5, 1999). The Associated Press reports some residents of Saginaw Township, Michigan, want to see a change in a local noise ordinance that would focus on noisy car stereos.
Calif. Writer Says Noise Violates Even Sacred Places in Our Modern World (Apr. 4, 1999). The Ventura County Star published a column in which the author tells of a recent vacation across Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, where she rediscovered the sounds of silence. But in her attempt to embrace it, she notes the pervasive lack of silence in our modern world.
Raleigh, NC, Home of Db (Decibel) Drag Racer Champion, Adopts Car Audio Ordinance (Apr. 3, 1999). The News and Observer reports in an attempt to control drive-by concerts, Raleigh, North Carolina, will likely adopt an ordinance prohibiting music that is audible 50 feet from a vehicle.
LI Residents Complain about Noise, Fumes, Lights from New Rail Road Yard (Mar. 28, 1999). Newsday reports neighbors of a new Long Island Rail Road yard in Port Jefferson Station, New York, are complaining of noise, fumes, and lights.
Noise Levels Rise in Europe to Unhealthy Levels (Mar. 27, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports noise is a problem in all major cities in Europe, and environmentalists and social scientists believe the shrieks and roars of urban life may cause serious long-term health effects.
Neighbors of Seattle's Nightclubs want Peace (Mar. 26, 1999). The Seattle Times reports as a result of increasing complaints, Seattle and Washington state regulators are considering new noise, alcohol and entertainment regulations that club owners fear could ruin their livelihood.
Indiana Residents Along 146th Seek Solutions to Noise from Four Lanes (Mar. 25, 1999). The Indianapolis News reports Indiana residents who live along 146 Street are concerned with finding a way to minimize traffic noise when the new four-lane route is complete.
Clinton, Connecticut, Drafts Noise Ordinance (Mar. 24, 1999). The Hartford Courant reports the town of Clinton, Connecticut, is writing a noise ordinance in response to residents' complaints.
Cell Phones are the Boom Boxes of the '90's (Mar. 23, 1999). The Buffalo News published an essay pronouncing cell phones the boom boxes of the '90's, creating enough public noise to annoy and offend.
Residents Predict More Noise and Isolation with Florida I-4 Expansion (Mar. 21, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports while the effort to rebuild Florida's Interstate 4 focuses on alleviating rush-hour traffic, residents along the highway fear increased noise, and isolation created by sound barriers.
Road Surface Materials Can Reduce Traffic Noise (Mar. 21, 1999). The Star Tribune published a column in which a question was asked about the specific causes of freeway noise.
Penn. Town Passes Stiff Noise Ordinance to Preserve Quality of Life (Mar. 17, 1999). The Morning Call reports Bethlehem residents were heard Tuesday as the city council enacted one law to discourage noisy peace-breakers and started work on another to restrict BYOB clubs.
Noise Levels for Martin County, Florida, Ordinance May Be Too Low (Mar. 14, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports the Martin County, Florida, noise ordinance is the most restrictive of its kind in the area and could make enforcement difficult.
To Wall or Not to Wall? That is the Question in Salt Lake Valley, Utah, as Noise Walls are Vehemently Opposed by Some, Praised by Others (Mar. 14, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports noise walls are a contentious issue in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Some residents applaud their effectiveness against freeway noise while others decry their unsightliness.
Florida Residents Get Cease and Desist Order for Noisy Nighttime Trucking Operations (Mar. 12, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports Hillsborough County, Florida, officials have put an end to noisy treks through Cheval by a company working on the Suncoast Parkway.
Canadian Transport Agency Agrees with Citizens, Orders CN Rail to Reduce Noise in Toronto Rail Yard (Mar. 11, 1999). The Toronto Star reports after listening to residents' noise complaints, the Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered CN Rail to reduce noise levels at a rail yard in Oakville, Ontario.
Night-Time Tests Banned at California Speedway after Noise Complaints Pour in from Residents (Mar. 11, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports nighttime testing at the California Speedway will be prohibited, officials said Wednesday in response to hundreds of complaints by residents who suffered through noisy late-night and early-morning road tests two weeks ago in Fontana, California.
Illinois Residents' Noise Fears about Power Plant Not Quieted by Noise Experts (Mar. 11, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports despite noise experts testifying to the contrary, residents of Woodstock, Illinois, are opposed to a proposed power plant because they believe it will bring noise and air pollution and generally lower the quality of life in their region.
Trash Truck Terminal in Quincy, Mass., Ordered to Keep Quiet Until 7 A.M. (Mar. 10, 1999). The Patriot Ledger reports the city license board of Quincy, Massachusetts, voted to keep a trash truck terminal quiet until 7 a.m. after residents complained of losing sleep due to early morning noise made by the company.
Ohio Residents Along I-480 Seek New Noise Tests and Sound Barriers (Mar. 9, 1999). The Plain Dealer reports in the wake of increased noise complaints from residents, the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct a new noise study to determine if a section of Interstate 480 warrants sound barriers.
Mass. Resident Criticizes Logan Expansion; Asks Massport to Consider Noise Effects on Residents (Mar. 8, 1999). The Boston Globe published a letter from Massachusetts resident Jacques Weissgerber criticizing Massport's disregard of residents of Boston and nearby communities as it proceeds with its plan to build a third runway at Logan Airport. Weissgerber writes:
More Trains Mean More Noise in Winter Park, Colorado (Mar. 8, 1999). The Rocky Mountain News published an editorial saying springtime in Winter Park, Colorado, may bring in a wave of noise complaints as residents open their windows to warm, fresh air and the continuous blaring of train whistles.
Illinois Residents Petition Governor for Noise Wall along Tollway (Mar. 4, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports a group of Bannockburn, Illinois, residents will petition the Governor for a noise wall to block traffic noise from the Tri-State Tollway.
Calif. Town Considers Off-Road Vehicle Ordinance; Meanwhile, Posts City Property and Increases Enforcement of Noise Ordinance (Mar. 2, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports the City Council in Calimesa, California, is considering adopting an off-road vehicle ordinance in response to residents' complaints of noise and other related disturbances.
Hanover, NJ, Says No to Walgreen Expansion; Board Requires Noise Study (Mar. 2, 1999). The Morning Call reports a plan to expand a Walgreen Co. distribution center in Hanover, Township, New Jersey, was rejected for failing to address neighbors' concerns, including noise and light pollution.
Speedway Builder Threatens to Pull Out of Western NC When Third County Imposes Racetrack Moratorium over Noise and Traffic (Mar. 2, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a 90-day racetrack moratorium in Haywood County may end plans for a new speedway in Western North Carolina.
Arizona Residents Vindicated with New Noise Readings; ADOT Agrees to Build Highway Sound Wall (Feb. 26, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports after re-conducting sound tests, the DOT ruled that Arizona residents in the Ahwatukee Foothills will get a sound wall to mitigate noise from Warner Road.
Henderson, North Carolina, Establishes New Noise Ordinance using Sound Levels (Feb. 26, 1999). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County, North Carolina, has adopted a new noise ordinance, effective July 1, 1999.
Illinois Residents Challenge Traffic Noise Standards to Get Noise Barrier Built along Tollway (Feb. 26, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the town of Bannockburn, Illinois, has challenged the state highway authority over noise standards in an effort to get a sound wall built between the community and the highway.
Noise from Stereos and Car Alarms Spur Penn. Town to Adopt New Noise Ordinance (Feb. 26, 1999). The Morning Call reports the City Council of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is set to approve a new noise ordinance after residents complained of loud music and the noise from car alarms.
Illinois Town May Get Noise Wall after New Readings Show Elevated Noise Levels (Feb. 24, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports Ahwatukee Foothills residents who live near Interstate 10 in Arizona may be getting a new noise wall after citizens complained and one DOT worker recorded new noise level readings.
Night-Time Train Whistles Bother Illinois Residents; Meetings Scheduled with Railroads. In Other Noise News: Vernon Hills Trustees Allow Weekend Construction (Feb. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents in Vernon Hills, Illinois, annoyed by the sound of train whistles late at night, plan to join other towns in asking railroads to stop the noise.
Annapolis, MD, Residents Want Ordinance to Protect Them Against Nighttime Noise Disturbances (Feb. 23, 1999). The Baltimore Sun reports Annapolis, Maryland, residents seek an ordinance that will provide them with peace and quiet during the night.
Illinois Town Rejects Noise Ordinance as Too Broad and Restrictive (Feb. 22, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports late last week, the village board of Winfield, Illinois, voted to reject a proposed noise ordinance that many residents argued was unnecessary and too broad.
Durhan, NC, City Council Measures City Noise in Decision to Grant Permit to Recycling Business (Feb. 19, 1999). The News and Observer reports before deciding to issue a special use permit to a recyclables collector, Durham, North Carolina's, Town Council took some measurements of current noise levels in the city.
Citizens' Group Takes on Noise in Albuquerque (Feb. 18, 1999). The Albuquerque Journal reports a citizens' group is working to update Albuquerque's noise laws.
Illinois Village Fights for Sound Wall to Muffle Tollway Noise (Feb. 18, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports the village of Bannockburn, Illinois, has launched a campaign to block tollway noise from the community.
Rhode Island Town Seeks Enforceable and Reasonable Noise Ordinance (Feb. 15, 1999). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the town of Westerly, Rhode Island, is updating its noise ordinance to make it easier to enforce.
NH Legislature vs. Local Control in Speedway Noise and Traffic Fray (Feb. 12, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports the New Hampshire Legislature's decision to enter the traffic and noise dispute between the town of Canterbury and a major speedway raises questions about municipal control.
Residents in Boca Raton, Florida, Object to Industrial-Like Sound Walls (Feb. 12, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports residents along Florida's State Road 7 object to the aesthetics of federally mandated sound walls that will soon enclose their communities.
Florida Residents Bemoan Highway Noise and DOT's Refusal to Build Sound Wall (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports noise and the loss of trees and property are the primary concerns of residents from Longwood, Florida, who live along busy Interstate 4.
Editiorial: Japan Government Should Adhere to Current Noise Standards (Feb. 8, 1999). Asahi News Service published an editorial by Asahi Shimbun that says with traffic noise pollution in Japan shows no signs of abating, the government should not ease noise standards.
Missouri Residents Want Noise Relief from Traffic but Disagree on Sound Wall (Feb. 8, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports residents disagree about a sound wall the Missouri Department of Transportation is building between the highway and their neighborhood.
Texas Town to Test Alternative to Blaring Train Whistles (Feb. 7, 1999). The Dallas Morning News reports the city of Richardson, Texas, will test an alternative to train whistles which frequently disturb residents at night..
Third Noise Study Rejects Noise Barriers for NJ Town (Feb. 3, 1999). The Courier-Journal reports a third noise study of the Westport Road area where a Watterson Expressway interchange is planned in St. Matthews, Kentucky, has again concluded that concrete noise barriers are not warranted - despite residents' pleas.
Calif. Residents Threaten to Block New Cal State Stadium, Citing Noise and Traffic (Nov. 24, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports neighbors are vehemently opposed to a new football stadium at the North Campus of Cal State Northridge. Fearing noise, traffic, and a general deterioration of their neighborhoods, residents are circulating a petition and threatening to take the issue to court.
Residents Consider Noise Ordinance in Conn. Town (Nov. 24, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports Ellington, Connecticut, residents gathered Monday at a town ordinance meeting addressing noise and blight.
Barberton, Ohio, Passes Noise Law Targeting Boomcars; Equipment and Vehicles May be Confiscated (Nov. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer published an editorial urging readers to move to Barberton, Ohio, to get some peace and quiet now that the town has passed a law authorizing the confiscation of car stereo equipment and vehicles from repeated noise offenders.
Firm Designs Quiet Office Next to O'Hare Airport (Nov. 23, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports a manufacturer of ceilings and walls has made its Chicago training center into a "shrine of soundproofing" in office park next to O'Hare International Airport.
Calif. Judge Upholds Idling Train Ban in Neighborhood, Preserving Quiet (Nov. 21, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports a California U.S. District Court upheld a ruling forbidding trains from idling and spreading noise and fumes in a west Colton neighborhood.
Florida Limits Homes Near Highways; Fears Losing Federal Money for Sound Walls (Nov. 21, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a federal policy limiting home construction near highways is threatening to stop a controversial housing project west of Boynton Beach, Florida.
Annapolis, MD, Officials Draft Enforceable Noise Law (Nov. 20, 1998). The Capital reports officials in Annapolis, Maryland, are revising their noise laws to make them easier for police to enforce.
RI Town Goes to Court to Stop Night-Time Noise from Asphalt Plant (Nov. 20, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports the noise from late-night paving in Johnston, Rhode Island, has turned into a legal issue.
Chicago Botanic Garden Proposes to Build Eye-Pleasing Noise Wall (Nov. 19, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Botanic Garden is working on a proposal to build an innovative sound barrier to muffle nearby highway traffic noise.
Noise and Pollution Concerns Prompt Maine Town to Set Moratorium on Tire Shredding Plant (Nov. 19, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports the Fairfield, Maine, Town Council adopted a moratorium Wednesday on "bulk recycling facilities" in order to address residents' fears of noise, traffic, and safety issues about a proposed tire shredding plant.
North Carolina County to Create Noise Ordinance Before Allowing New Racetrack (Nov. 19, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Henderson County Commissioners on Wednesday considered a first draft of a noise ordinance they will finalize before lifting a moratorium on the construction of any racetracks in the North Carolina county.
Wisconsin Town Seeks Highway Noise Barriers to Protect Schools (Nov. 19, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports officials in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, have requested highway noise barriers to protect outdoor school activities from freeway noise.
NJ Farm Market and Neighbors Close to Settling Noise Dispute (Nov. 12, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports a long-running dispute between a farm market in Holmdel, New Jersey, and neighboring residents who object to noise from the business, may be close to resolution.
Noise Ordinance Before Speedway, Say North Carolina County Officials (Nov. 11, 1998). The Asheville Citizen-Times reports officials in Henderson County, Florida, are considering a moratorium on the construction of racetracks until a noise ordinance is in place.
Avon, Ohio, to Get Noise Barriers Along Widened Section of Interstate 90 (Nov. 10, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports Avon, Ohio, will get noise walls built along Interstate 90 next year.
Arizona Residents Become Noise Experts to Get Sound Wall Built (Nov. 4, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports residents of Ahwatukee Foothills in Arizona pleaded with the village planning committee Monday to build a noise mitigation wall near Interstate 10, claiming the noise is unbearable and driving their housing values down.
Truck Noise is a Greater Concern (Nov.1 1998). Fleet Owner reports that one reason for the high number of complaints is the sheer number of trucks. Truck traffic has increased almost sixfold between 1960 and 1995, according to the Dept. of Transportation (DOT). The other reason is that grass-roots anti- noise groups are no longer considered kooks by politicians. Congressional researchers say nearly 20-million Americans are exposed to noise levels that can lead to cardiovascular problems, strokes, and nervous disorders. Another 40-million are exposed to noise levels that cause sleep or work disruption.
RI Town Moves Toward Drafting Enforceable Noise Ordinance (Oct. 19, 1998). Providence Journal-Bulletin reports noise problems from loud cars to early morning industrial operations prove challenging to Rhode Island residents.
Road Noise Makes Life Unbearable in Upscale Maryland Planned Community (Oct. 16, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports many residents in a Columbia, Maryland, planned community are subjected to unbearable noise from a four-lane highway that splits their community.
Town in Washington Adopts Noise Ordinance After Hearing Complaints about Car Stereos (Oct. 15, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Woodinville, Washington, City Council has adopted a noise ordinance after receiving numerous noise complaints from citizens about loud car stereos.
NC Resident Says No to FedEx Hub in Greensboro; Noise Tops Reasons (Oct. 13, 1998). The News & Record published a letter from Greensboro, North Carolina resident, William J. Powers, who opposes a Federal Express hub at the local airport. Powers' primary objection is noise. He writes:
Virginia Speedway Gets OK from City Planners Despite Noise Concerns (Oct. 13, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports city planners in Chesapeake, Virginia have approved a controversial motorsports speedway, saying noise can be satisfactorily mitigated.
Making Noise Laws Clear in Moorpark, California (Oct. 12, 1998). The Ventura County Star published an article about noise written by the Senior Deputy of the Moorpark, California. The law enforcement officer, Kory Martinelli, seeks to clear up some misconceptions about noise nuisances and the law.
European Study Shows City Noise Leads to Serious Ill Health Effects (Oct. 9, 1998). The Evening Standard reports Londoners were warned today that big city noise may be responsible for heart disease.
Residents Near Ohio's Dayton International Airport Organize to Fight Noise (Oct. 8, 1998). The Dayton Daily News reports residents of Butler Township, Ohio, asked for help with noise from Dayton International Airport.
Residents and Local Government Officials Strike Out Against Plans to Build A New Stadium in Downtown Montreal (Oct. 7, 1998). The Montreal Gazette reports that a proposed site for the Expos baseball stadium has got city officials and neighbors in an uproar.
Illinois Highway Officials Refuse Lisle's Request for Noise Barriers (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lisle, Illinois, officials pledged this week to continue the fight for noise barriers along a three-quarter-mile stretch of the North-South Tollway.
No Relief from Tollway Noise for Residents in Lisle, Illinois (Oct. 7, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that residents in Lisle, Illinois should not expect any noise relief from the North-South Tollway. Noise walls cost $1 million per mile to erect and there is a great demand for them along the entire tollway system.
Vancounver's Residents Hand City Council a Petition Demanding Councilors Do Something About Rail Horns (Oct. 6, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports that citizens of Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada want train whistles silenced. An 800-name petition asked that city councilors do something about high-volume air horns.
Proposed Legislation Requires $300 Fine for Noisy Car Stereos and Car Alarms in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Oct. 6, 1998). The Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Don Cunningham will propose amending the existing noise ordinance. The proposed amendment levies fines up to $300 for booming car stereos and deafening car alarms.
Families in a Fury Over Supermarket's Failure to Abate Noise from Store Deliveries in Great Britain (Oct. 5, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that Safeway supermarket has been branded a "neighbour from Hell" by two families in Great Britain who have a long-standing noise dispute with the giant grocer.
Trees Deemed Insufficient Noise Abatement for Plans to Widen Busy Roadway (Oct. 5, 1998). The Baltimore Sun published the following editorial regarding the use of trees to muffle the sound of vehicles on a heavily traveled route.
Editorial Praises Chicago's Ordinance Outlawing Loud, Annoying Car Stereos (Oct. 4, 1998). The Chicago Tribune published the following editorial praising Chicago's ordinance that outlaws loud, annoying music from car stereos.
Union Pacific Railroad Wants Ban on Idling Locomotives Lifted in Riverside, California (Oct. 3, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that Union Pacific Railroad is seeking a federal court ordered injunction to lift a ban on idling locomotives in Riverside, California.
City Council Says 'No' to Home Depot's Plan to Build Store in Residential Area of El Cajon, California (Oct. 1, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that homeowner opposition put a temporary end to Home Depot's plan to build near a residential subdivision. The company has appealed the denial of their conditional-use permit and scheduled an after-election appeal hearing for November.
Warrenville Joins West Chicago in Publicizing its Opposition to Union Pacific's Proposed Railport (Oct. 1, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the city of Warrenville, Illinois is voicing its clear opposition to the railport proposed by Union Pacific. West Chicago has already publicized its opposition to the project.
Who Will Pay for Sound Walls Along Missouri's Interstate 270? (Oct. 1, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after the state denied their request to pay for sound walls along Interstate270, Creve Coeur, Missouri, officials are considering their financing options to mitigate noise along the interstate highway.
Chicago Alderman Seeks to Soften City's Noise Ordinance, Claiming Ban on Loud Car Music Hurts Retailers (Sep. 30, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports a Chicago, Illinois, City Alderman has introduced an initiative to amend the city's 1996 ordinance that bans loud music in cars. Opponents of the current noise ordinance say it hurts business at car-audio retailers.
Maryland Village Requests Noise Barriers; Offered Trees Instead (Sep. 29, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports residents of a Maryland village have been offered evergreen trees to buffer noise from a four-lane highway, although officials admit the vegetation will do little to mitigate the noise.
Montreal Residents Suffer from Perpetual Transportation Noise (Sep. 28, 1998). The Gazette reports Montreal residents who are assaulted by noise from planes, trains and automobiles believe landlords and homeowners need to speak out about this quality of life issue.
RI Planning Board to Hear Residents' Noise Concerns about Gun Club (Sep. 28, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports West Greenwich, Rhode Island, residents will have their turn tomorrow to present arguments to the Zoning Board of Review against allowing a gun club's request for re-location.
Large Retail Complex Brings Noise and Traffic Concerns to Idaho Residents (Sep. 25, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports plans for a retail complex in Meridian, Idaho, continue to spark concerns over noise and traffic from some nearby residents.
Eliminating Truck Noise in Illinois Town May Come at High Economic Cost (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports an Illinois town is considering eliminating or rerouting truck traffic due to noise and pollution problems.
European Commission Requires Towns to Create Noise Contour Maps (Sep. 24, 1998). The Leicester Mercury reports noise blackspots in Leicester, England, will be targeted as part of pollution research mandated by the European Commission.
Florida Town Adopts New Noise Ordinance (Sep. 24, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports city council members in Mascotte, Florida, hope to maintain peace and quiet in their community with the recent passage of an anti- noise ordinance.
Illinois Town Gets State Funds to Build Noise-Abatement Wall along Highway (Sep. 24, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports an Illinois town was presented Wednesday night with a state grant to fund a noise-abatement wall along an interstate highway.
Conn. Residents Petition for Relief from I-95 Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports close to 100 Connecticut residents who live along a stretch of I-95 have signed a petition calling for an investigation of escalating noise along the highway.
Glendale, Arizona, Considers Measures to Protect Residents from Freeway Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports Glendale, Arizona's, City Council is considering a number of noise-reduction measures to protect residents from freeway noise.
Home Depot Makes Noise on Long Island and Across the Country (Sep. 23, 1998). Newsday reports people across the country, including many on Long Island, New York, say Home Depot, one of the country's largest retailers, is a noisy neighbor that doesn't belong near residential neighborhoods.
Illinois Town Conducts Study to Solve Truck Traffic Noise (Sep. 23, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports noisy truck traffic through east-side residential streets in South Elgin, Illinois, may come to an end depending on the results of a village truck-traffic study.
Neighbors Accuse Wendy's Restaurant in Florida of Violating Noise Ordinance (Sep. 23, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports neighbors of a Wendy's restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida, say trucks making early morning deliveries are robbing them of their sleep.
Residents Circulate Petition to Silence Train Whistles in British Columbia Town (Sep. 23, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports residents living close to rail lines in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, are renewing a campaign to get train whistles silenced.
Navy Denies Flawed Impact Study; Citizens' Group Files Suit to Stop Jet Relocation to Oceana, VA (Sep. 22, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports the Navy has formally denied allegations made in a federal lawsuit challenging its decision to transfer 156 F/A-18 Hornets to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia.
Residents in English Town Demand Relief from Road Noise (Sep. 22, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports residents of Evesham, England, are requesting a low noise surface be laid on a busy highway that creates constant and intolerable traffic noise.
Editorial Objects to Unsightly Highway Noise Barriers in U.S. (Sep. 21, 1998). USA Today published an editorial charging that while highway noise barriers block traffic noise for nearby residents, they also block scenic views for motorists and take the joy out of traveling in the U.S.
Ohio Residents Offered Barriers to Soften Noise Impact of Highway Expansion (Sep. 21, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Transportation doubles the number of lanes on I-270, and neighborhoods along Ohio's north Outerbelt will decide whether they want sound walls built between their homes and the highway.
NYC Resident Proposes Ban on Truck Traffic Through Neighborhood, Citing Noise, Health and Safety Issues (Sep. 20, 1998). The New York Times reports a resident's concern about noise, pollution, health, and safety issues caused by heavy truck traffic in her New York City neighborhood has led to a resolution to ban commercial traffic through that area. To go into effect, the ban now needs approval from the Department of Transportation.
European Union Mandates Noise Maps for Cities (Sep. 19, 1998). New Scientist reports every city in the European Union with more than 250 000 inhabitants will be required to draw up " noise maps" of their streets by 2002.
Noise is a Hot Topic in Yorba Linda, California (Sep. 17, 1998). The Orange County Register reports two of the hottest topics before the Yorba Linda City Council in California were discussed at the council meeting Tuesday. Both issues concerned noise and noise mitigation.
Tourists Don't Like Noise, Say Business Owners who want Tough Noise Laws in Bar Harbor, Maine (Sep. 16, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports several Bar Harbor, Maine, residents and business owners say the town is too noisy.
Most Residents in Chicago Suburb Object to Proposed Regulation of Lawn Mower Noise (Sep. 14, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald published a second set of letters from Arlington Heights, Illinois, residents responding to an article that reported the Arlington Heights Environmental Control Commission was considering imposing restrictions on homeowners' use of lawn mowers and snow blowers to regulate noise. Included as well are two letters from residents addressing other noise issues in Arlington Heights. The first letter about lawn mower noise is from resident Cathy Robertson:
Debate over Noise Walls Ranges from Expense and Placement to Materials and Effectiveness; Still, Most Illinois Residents Favor the Sound Barriers (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports some Illinois drivers may dislike sound walls because they block the view and make the daily commute like driving through a tunnel. But for many suburbanites, sound walls are highly desired. Those who don't have them want them; those who have them want the tallest, thickest wall they can get.
Some Residents in Bergen County, NJ, Feel No Sympathy for Residents Living Near Noisy Route 287 (Sep. 13, 1998). The Record reports readers in Bergen County, New Jersey, mustered little sympathy for a woman unable to get a noise barrier built just beyond her back yard.
Truck Traffic Ban in Hillsborough, NC, the Beginning of Downtown Revitalization (Sep. 13, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald published an editorial supporting the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina's, attempt to limit noisy truck traffic.
United Kingdom to Test Rubber Roads to Reduce Noise (Sep. 13, 1998). Times Newspapers Limited reports Colsoft, a new type of road surface, could come to the relief of United Kingdom residents plagued by traffic noise.
O'Hare Business Group Meets with Suburban Legislators to Drum up Support for O'Hare (Sep. 11, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports suburban legislators met Thursday with the Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce to discuss regional cooperation and support of O'Hare International Airport.
NY Town Debates Loud Train Whistles: Nuisance or Necessity? (Sep. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports Depew, New York, officials will consider banning train whistles at a public hearing Monday.
Hillsborough, NC, Restricts Truck Traffic to Make Town Quieter and Safer (Sep. 9, 1998). The Chapel Hill Herald reports an ordinance restricting truck traffic on Churton Street in Hillsborough, North Carolina, seems to be having its intended effect, making the area safer and more quiet.
Debate Continues Over Use of Personal Watercraft as National Parks Service Proposes Rule (Sep. 6, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports national seashores in Florida and North Carolina are among several that would be exempt from a ban on Jet Ski-type watercraft under new proposed National Park Service regulations.
Homeowner in Washington State Sues Developers, Charges They Destroyed Natural Noise Buffer and Devalued His Property (Sep. 5, 1998). The News Tribune reports Tacoma, Washington, resident Earl Petit plans to picket the Pierce County Street of Dreams custom home show on its final weekend. Petit claims the developers removed a natural noise buffer between his home and a scrap metal yard, destroying his right to peace and quiet and devaluing his property.
Neighbors of Pittsfield, Maine, Airport Object to Additional Hanger, Citing Noise, Traffic and Safety Concerns (Sep. 5, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports Maine's Pittsfield planning board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 16, to review a conditional use application for a new hangar at the municipal airport. Neighbors are concerned about increased noise and traffic that the new structure may bring.
Finger Pointing and Blaming When Residents and Local Officials Discuss Noise from Warwick's Expanded T. F. Green Airport (Sep. 4, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports Warwick, Rhode Island, Councilman Gene Kelly held a meeting on airport noise last night. The incumbent mayor, a mayoral candidate, and a state airport official turned out to respond to residents' concerns about noise and expansion at Warwick's T. F. Green Airport.
Neighborhood Group Succeeds in Effort to Get First Noise Barrier Built in Maine (Sep. 4, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports residents in one of Bangor, Maine's, noisiest neighborhoods won a battle Thursday to get a noise barrier erected against increasing noise from Interstate 95. Residents worry that prolonged exposure to the noise could result in hearing loss or other health problems.
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Offers No Relief for Lisle, Illinois (Aug. 21, 1998). Chicago Tribune reports that residents and village officials in Lisle, Illinois are irritated with the noise generated from Interstate Highway 355 and Interstate Highway 88. No action for relief is forthcoming, however, from the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Community Policing Effort Reduces Traffic Noise in Fall River, Massachusetts (Aug. 18, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin describes a community policing effort to eradicate blaring car stereos, loud mufflers, roaring motorcycles, and other traffic nuisances from a cruising strip in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Mayor Assigns Two Additional Police Officers to Buttress Enforcement of Noise Ordinance in Providence, Rhode Island (Aug. 14, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports that Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. has decided to assign two additional police officers to downtown Providence to buttress enforcement of the city's noise ordinance.
Editorial: Making Providence, Rhode Island Safe for Civility (Aug. 13, 1998). And let Hizzoner memorize City Journal, which has been the Bible in New York. Every issue is a sort of Clausewitz on the war to save our cities.
Winter Park's City Council Prohibits Engineers from Blowing Their Whistles (Aug. 13, 1998). The Denver Post reports that the town council in Winter Park unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting the train engineers from blowing their whistles at the two crossings last month. The new development was spurred on by complaints from developers, lodging owners, visitors, and local residents.
Committee Will Consider Curfews on Business Practices in an Effort to Curb Noise in Weymouth, Massachusetts (Aug. 13, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that Selectman are forming a seven-member committee that will recommend new town bylaws that would disallow noisy business practices early in the morning and late at night.
City in East China Reduces Noise, Can Hear Birds Sing (Aug. 12, 1998). China Daily reports noise control measures have been used to reduce noise in Yantai, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province. Cars are forbidden to blow their horns in the urban districts and no sirens are allowed to sound. Broadcasting music and advertisements outdoors has also been forbidden in commercial areas since June 1.
Salem, Virginia, Residents Want Noise Wall, Not Re-location When I 81 Expands (Aug. 11, 1998). The Roanoke Times & World News reports residents of Salem, Virginia's, Stonegate community prefer a noise wall to relocation when Interstate 81 is widened.
Editorial: Loud Stereos are a Problem in Amherst, New York (Aug. 11, 1998). The Buffalo News published the following letter regarding multidecibel audio-assault vehicles. The editorialist says Amherst, New York needs to draft a new noise ordinance, use a decimeter to track noise levels, and start issuing tickets.
Editorial Says Jet Skis Ruin Peace and Quite of Canadian Lakes (Aug. 11, 1998). The Vancouver Sun published an editorial about personal watercraft ruining the peace and quiet of Canadian lakes.
Commetary Says Stricter Rules Justified for Noise Reduction in Addis Ababa (Aug. 11, 1998). The Monitor published an editorial advocating the new strict noise regulations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The writer believes it's better to enforce controls now before the city becomes hopelessly polluted.
NH to Expand I-95 Visitor Center and Erect Noise Barriers to Offset Increased Traffic Noise (Aug. 8, 1998). The Union Leader reports the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced plans for a major expansion of the visitor center on Interstate 95 just north of the Massachusetts state line. Barriers will be erected to mitigate expected increases in noise levels at nearby homes.
Conn. DOT to Assess Need for Sound Barriers Along Section of I-91 Expansion (Aug. 7, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that in an effort to determine whether there is a need for sound barriers, the state Connecticut Department of Transportation has begun to monitor traffic noise in neighborhoods along I- 91 in Rocky Hill.
NJ Bill Would Replace Earsplitting Train Horns with Bells at Crossings (Aug. 5, 1998). The Record reports a New Jersey state bill, introduced in the Assembly last week, would require trains to use bells instead of loud horns at grade crossings at a town's request.
Maine Residents Object to Noise from Salvation Army's New 1,421 Seat Pavilion (Aug. 5, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports on opening night of The Salvation Army's new pavilion in Old Orchard Beach, the noise was already too loud for neighbors. The group received a summons from police to appear in court for violating the town's noise ordinance.
Editorialist Decides Ice Cream Truck Noise Permissible in Spite of Its Extreme Annoyance to Young Parents (Aug. 5, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published the following editorial in which the editorialist imagines the enforcement of Pittsburgh's new noise ordinance against ice cream trucks in the suburbs. The editorialist resolves that ice cream truck noise should be tolerated despite its extreme annoyance to parents of young children.
Washington State Moderates Traffic Noise with Tall Noise Walls (Aug. 4, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the biggest noise walls ever put up in the state of Washington are appearing on state Highway 520. Studies showed the unusual height was needed to moderate traffic sounds
Trains in New Jersey May be Required to Use Bells Instead of Horns (Aug. 4, 1998). The Record reports that New Jersey's state legislature is setting forth a bill that calls for trains to use locomotive bells instead of horns. The bill is seen as a potential solution to a dilemma that has upset some Morris County residents since NJ Transit started commuter train service to Manhattan.
Resident Questions Fairness of Noise Ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama (Aug. 3, 1998). The Montgomery Advertiser published the following letter from Hal Johnson of Montgomery, Alabama. The letter criticizes Montgomery's noise ordinance. Johnson wrote:
Nuns in Dallas, TX, Continue to Negotiate with City about Protection from Traffic Noise (Aug. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports negotiations continue between a group of Carmelite nuns who want to protect their property from increased traffic noise and the city of Dallas, Texas, that wants to expand two roads adjacent to the sisters' convent.
Washington Columnist Tells Camper That Noise Wall Along Campground Isn't Likely (Jul. 29, 1998). The Seattle Times printed a column in which a reader said he and his family like to camp at the Crystal Springs campground along Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. But, the reader said, the increase in traffic along the Interstate has made the campground very noisy. He asked who he can write to ask for a noise barrier separating the campground from the Interstate. The columnist responded that there is no chance of getting a noise wall built in that area.
The Devastating Effects of Noise Pollution and Some Ways to Ease its Impact (Jul. 27, 1998). Time Magazine reports noise pollution is increasing across Europe. While noise can damage health and destroy peace of mind, there are ways to lessen its impact.
Canadian Columnist Gives Long-Term Strategies for Reducing Noise and Air Pollution (Jul. 25, 1998). The Gazette printed an editorial that argues to reduce noise and air pollution effectively, we need to price energy sensibly, pass common-sense environmental laws, and foster an aesthetic of peace and quiet. The editorial writer discusses some examples of noise problems and solutions in the Montreal, Quebec area.
Japanese Government Commission Recommends Rail Company Compensate Residents, But at Lower Level Than Previously Proposed (Jul. 25, 1998). The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japan's Environmental Disputes Coordination Commission announced Friday that it would urge Odakyu Railway Company to pay 9.56 million yen in noise pollution damages to 34 people living near the company's tracks in Tokyo. But, the article says, the Commission rejected claims by 266 other people. The decision is seen as a victory for the rail company, the article notes. Some of the plaintiffs said they would appeal the decision to the Tokyo District Court.
Japanese Commission Says Railway Company Should Compensate Some Residents Near Track, But Residents Vow to Take Matter to Court (Jul. 24, 1998). The Asahi News Service reports that Japan's Environmental Disputes Coordination Commission has said the Odakyu Electric Railway Company should compensate 34 Tokyo residents who experience noise levels of 70 decibels or more from nearby rail tracks. But the Commission said the rail company doesn't have to compensate many more residents who have complained about the noise and asked for a ruling from the Commission. According to Yasuyuki Kinoshita, a spokesperson for the residents, the residents will take the case to court to stop the company's plan to elevate the rail line.
California Residents Call for More Noise Protection With Highway Project (Jul. 22, 1998). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the City Council in San Diego, California unanimously approved a plan yesterday to mitigate some of the impact of the construction of state Route 56 through Carmel Valley. The plan requires a buffer zone between the freeway and surrounding land, extensive landscaping, limited lighting, and limited grading. In addition, the plan outlines steps that must be taken to protect wildlife and offset environmental damage caused by the freeway. But some residents living near the project asked for more restrictions, including an agreement that the freeway would never be widened beyond six lanes.
Virginia Residents Raise Concerns About Noise Related to Interstate Widening Project (Jul. 22, 1998). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that about 80 residents of the Richmond, Virginia area attended a meeting yesterday about a proposed project to widen the Interstate 64 corridor between Richmond and Hampton. Concerns about increased noise dominated the meeting, the article says. The Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT), along with their consultants, are almost finished with their two-year study of the corridor, and are proposing six alternatives.
Neighbors Near Massachusetts Rail Line Fear More Noise from Helicopters Patrolling Tracks (Jul. 21, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that residents who live near the Old Colony rail line in the Quincy, Massachusetts area are critical of a recent decision by the MBTA, the transit authority, to patrol commuter rail lines with helicopters. MBTA officials and state police are undertaking the action to clear the track of trespassers and bands of partying teens, the article says.
Pennsylvania Residents Angry Over Idling Trains by Their Homes (Jul. 21, 1998). The Morning Call reports that about 25 residents turned out for the borough council meeting in Emmaus, Pennsylvania Monday to demand that restrictions be placed on where Conrail trains can idle their engines. The article explains that boundaries were set in previous years regarding where trains can idle, but residents say the rules are not being enforced. Two weeks ago, residents asked council members to consider an ordinance banning the noise and pollution from the trains. Meanwhile, the article says, Conrail officials say an ordinance isn't necessary and they will start enforcing the boundaries.
Massachusetts Residents Complain About Motorcycle Noise (Jul. 20, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that residents on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Massachusetts are complaining about noise from motorcycle drivers in the area. The article says that both Wollaston and Nantasket Beaches are patrolled by state troopers instead of local police, making enforcement of noise laws more difficult.
Residents in Ontario Start Picketing Courier Warehouse Over Noise, While City Takes Company to Court (Jul. 19, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen reports that residents in the Blossom Park area of Gloucester, Ontario are planning a week-long protest against Dicom Express, a courier warehouse located near their homes, over noise that comes from the facility's trucks. Meanwhile, the city of Gloucester last week decided to take the courier company to court for violating the city's noise law. But officials with Dicom Express said the suit will be thrown out, as an earlier suit by the city was, because the company is located in an industrial zone.
Colorado City Bans Jake Brakes on Large Trucks (Jul. 17, 1998). The Denver Post reports that the City Council in Northglenn, Colorado voted last week to ban the use of "jake brakes" on large trucks, which emit a series of loud popping noises, within the city limits. The article notes that residents have complained about the noise from the jake brakes from semis on Interstate 25 between 120th and 104th Avenues.
Maine Residents Try to Build Consensus for Noise Wall Near Interstate (Jul. 17, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports that residents living near the Interstate 95 Broadway exit in Bangor, Maine continued their work Wednesday on getting a noise wall installed along the highway. The article notes that the Maine Department of Transportation has set aside $200,000 to build a wall, but state officials say they won't build the wall unless they get consensus from the residents on the issue. Some residents, the article says, have opposed the wall, saying it would be too intrusive in their neighborhood.
Louisiana Officials to Make Final Decision on Building Noise Wall Along Interstate (Jul. 15, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana state officials are set to make a final decision about building noise walls along Interstate 10 in Jefferson. The article notes that officials will make a final decision about the placement and composition of the noise walls in August.
Louisiana State Officials Will Make Final Decision on Placement of Noise Walls in August (Jul. 15, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that noise walls will be built along Interstate 10 in Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana to mitigate traffic noise for residents. The noise wall construction project is part of a plan to widen I-10, the article notes. State officials will make a final decision on the placement and composition of the walls in August, after compiling data gathered from public meetings.
Maryland Councilor Calls for Police Enforcement of Noise Ordinance (Jul. 15, 1998). The Capital reports that Alder Board member Louise Hammond of Annapolis, Maryland this week called for police to enforce the noise ordinance against traffic noise in the downtown.
Maryland Developers Seek to Develop Land Near Highways, While County Officials Struggle to Protect Future Homeowners From Traffic Noise (Jul. 13, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports that the counties around Baltimore, Maryland are increasingly facing a problem as developers try to build on land parcels close to major highways, and residents demand noise walls. But the State Highway Administration will not build noise barriers to protect any neighborhood that was built after the roads were constructed. State officials instead are recommending that county officials develop local policies to protect future homeowners from highway noise. As a result, counties are requiring developers to build further away from highways, build their own noise walls, or take other steps to mitigate noise.
More Than 40 Noise Walls Needed Near Freeways in Southern California, But State Has No Timetable to Build Them (Jul. 12, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports California state officials identified more than a dozen locations in the Los Angeles area in 1989 that needed noise walls to protect residents from traffic noise. But, the article says, those noise barriers haven't even been funded, let alone built. Since then, state officials have identified 27 others that are needed in the San Fernando Valley, but there is no timetable to build them. Now, legislation that would build the noise walls by 2008 is being held up in the Legislature because Northern and Southern California lawmakers are fighting about who should get more money for the noise barriers.
Residents Oppose Pennsylvania Shopping Center, Saying it Will Bring Traffic and Noise (Jul. 12, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents in Cranberry, Pennsylvania are opposing a proposed 550,000-square-foot regional shopping center because they believe it will bring additional truck traffic and noise to their neighborhood. At a township planning commission meeting on Wednesday, residents voiced their concerns. At the end of the meeting, planning commissioners asked for another meeting with developers to address questions raised by residents and staff members at the township.
Residents on New York's Long Island Want Noise Walls, But State Won't Build Them (Jul. 12, 1998). Newsday reports that residents in many communities on Long Island, outside New York City, are complaining about traffic noise near their homes. While many residents have asked that noise walls be built in their neighborhoods, the state Department of Transportation will only consider building walls in neighborhoods next to major highway construction projects. Only one community on Long Island, Plainview, has succeeded in getting money for a noise wall without a major road construction project underway, the article says.
Noise Wall is Completed in Florida City (Jul. 11, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that a noise wall has been completed in Jacksonville, Florida along Interstate 95 from north of Emerson Street to south of University Boulevard. Residents are mostly happy with the noise wall, the article says.
Oregon Resident Complains About Traffic Noise (Jul. 9, 1998). The Bulletin printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Frances Collins, a Bend, Oregon resident, regarding traffic noise on Eighth Street:
N.Salt Lake Gravel Pit Cooperates with Neighbors, Gets Noise Variance Extension (Jul. 8, 1998). The Deseret News reports a North Salt Lake gravel pit operator has been granted an extension on a noise variance. City officials say the extension is the gravel company's reward for its cooperation in response to residents' noise complaints.
Neighbors of Noisy Racetrack in PA Urged to Call Police with Complaints (Jul. 8, 1998). The Morning Call reports neighbors of a Silverdale, Pennsylvania, racing track complained Monday to the city council about excessive noise and dust. They were advised to report their complaints to police in an effort to get the noise ordinance enforced.
New South Wales Considers Curfews to Cut Road Traffic Noise (Jul. 8, 1998). AAP Newsfeed reports the New South Wales government is considering night curfews on some roads to cut traffic noise, the Daily Telegraph reported today.
MBTA Includes Whistles in T Noise Study; Neighbors Hope for Noise Mitigation (Jul. 7, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports the MBTA has agreed to study the noise impact of the trains on Boston's Old Colony lines, including the whistles that engineers blow four times at each street crossing.
Weston, Florida, Gets Serious About Enforcing Quiet (Jul. 7, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports several residents of Weston, Florida, urged the City Commission to approve a code limiting "loud and raucous noise." The noise code was unanimously approved.
Maine Passes Comprehensive Law Regulating Noise and Operators of Personal Watercraft (Jul. 6, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reported Maine's new watercraft regulations take effect on Thursday. Years of complaints about noise and safety issues concerning the personal watercraft led to the most comprehensive law of its kind yet passed in Maine.
Communities in the Buffalo, New York, Area Draft Noise Ordinance with Car Stereos in Mind (Jul. 6, 1998). The Buffalo News reports New York's Erie County Sheriff's Department and other area police agencies are trying to crackdown on drivers who blast high-powered car stereos.
Busch Gardens Will Build Noise Walls After Residents Complain of Incessant Screaming from Fans on Popular Roller Coaster (Jul. 4, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports people living near Busch Gardens are complaining about noise from a giant roller coaster, but the amusement park plans to correct the problem.
Scientists at University of Texas Devise Design Improvement for Noise Walls (Jul. 3, 1998). The Arizona Republic reports because scientists believe noise generated by cars and trucks can damage the hearing of people who live nearby, a group at the University of Texas at Austin is trying to develop the best physical barrier to block noise coming from highways.
Firefighter Landlords in England Protest Station Noise (Jul. 2, 1998). The Evening Post (Wellington) reports in England two firemen are complaining that the station where they work is too noisy for tenants in apartments next door. The two firemen happen to also be the landlords of the adjacent apartments.
Some Montreal Residents Say Neighborhoods and Bars Don't Mix, Citing Noise and Traffic (Jul. 2, 1998). The Gazette reports bars and restaurants in residential area of Montreal have become controversial. Residents complain about noise. West End business owners say they are working to peacefully co-exist in neighborhoods.
Carmelite Nuns Ask for Noise Buffer from New Roads; Texas Town Says Wall Too Expensive (Jul. 1, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports two former mayors and a former city councilwoman spoke to the City Council last night on behalf of a group of nuns who say the expansion of two roads threatens the serenity of their south Arlington, Texas, monastery.
Sounds of Silence Rare in North Lincolnshire, England; Noise Complaints Increase (Jul. 1, 1998). The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph reports complaints about noise pollution are on the rise in the English towns of North Lincolnshire. But the Health and Public Protection Committee can help residents bothered by noise.
Mixed Reviews for New Sound Barriers Along Baltimore's I-695 (Jun. 29, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports last week, The Intrepid Commuter column released the results of an unscientific survey of commuters' opinions on aesthetics of the new sound barriers that were erected along portions of Interstate 695. Most drivers who responded found them distasteful.
Noise and Its Health Effects Need Attention in Malaysia (Jun. 29, 1998). The New Straits Times reports there is an urgent need to reduce noise pollution in Malaysia, according to the Society of Occupational Safety and Health.
Calif. Residents Don't Want Concrete Plant to Relocate to Weimar (Jun. 28, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports Weimar, California, residents were pleased Thursday morning when the Placer County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny Manuel Brothers Inc. a conditional use permit for a concrete batch plant on Canyon Way. Residents oppose the plant relocation based on concerns about noise pollution, increased traffic, and property devaluation.
Feds Fund Three Sound Barrier Projects in NYC (Jun. 28, 1998). The Daily News reports Congress and the White House have approved a multi-million-dollar spending for transportation projects aimed at easing New York's traffic flow along Queens streets, and reducing noise pollution for neighbors of the borough's highways.
Motorcycle Fans and Foes Meet about Noise in NYC (Jun. 28, 1998). The New York Times reports a large group gathered Tuesday in Greenwich Village, New York, to talk about noise from motorcycles with altered mufflers.
Columbus Resident Advocates for Preservation of Quiet Streets and Neighborhoods (Jun. 26, 1998). The Columbus Dispatch published the following editorial by Columbus resident, Joe Motil. He opposes the building of a major thoroughfare through an historic section of the city, which he says will bring noise, traffic, and the destruction of urban green space and a neighborhood. Motil writes:
Wisconsin Town Wants to Beef Up Nuisance Ordinance to Quiet Motorbike Noise (Jun. 26, 1998). The Capital Times reports residents of Dunn, Wisconsin, say motorbikes racing on a nearby track keep them awake at night, but the owner of the property says he's a good neighbor who regulates racing hours.
Ballpark Approved by Illinois Village Trustees Despite Residents' Objections to Noise and Traffic (Jun. 24, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald Cook reports Schaumburg trustees unanimously approved final plans for a publicly financed minor-league ballpark Tuesday, despite objections of noise and traffic congestion from some homeowners.
Enviromental Groups Oppose Air Cargo Hub in Nevada's Ivanpah Valley (Jun. 24, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports environmentalists said Tuesday they oppose Clark County's plans for a new airport in the Ivanpah Valley because it would disrupt national parks, stimulate more urban growth, and increase air and noise pollution.
Florida's Martin County Strives to Write Enforceable Noise Ordinance (Jun. 24, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports commissioners in Martin County, Florida, are working to develop a constitutionally sound ordinance to control noise nuisances.
Long Beach Township Cancels Ordinance Regulating Ice Cream Vendors (Jun. 23, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports New Jersey's Long Beach Township officials have rescinded an ordinance that had limited the days and streets on which ice cream vendors could operate. The canceled ordinance was passed last year after residents complained of noise and fumes from the ice cream trucks.
Sound Wall in Developers' Plans Sparks Controversy in Calif. Town (Jun. 21, 1998). The article reports initial plans for the Heritage Park Estates project included a 14-foot-high sound wall, but members of the town staff suggested installing an earthen berm instead. "We have looked at several different options on how to mitigate the sound and how to meet the town's concerns about preserving a semirural appearance to the project," Remington said after the meeting. "Just doing an earthen berm would require a massive amount of dirt to be moved." A berm would involve moving 12,000 to 14,000 cubic yards of dirt to the site, an effort that would cost $120,000 to $140,000, Remington said. "That's a big pile," he said. The berm also would result in the loss of 11 lots.
Aim to Quieten Noisy-Nighttime Cruisers near Sante Fe's Tourist Areas Calls for Careful Consideration of Possible Solutions (Jun. 18, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports their opinion concerning the noise from youth cruising in their automobiles. The cruisers reportedly use a route along the Santa Fe River that passes in front of one of Sante Fe's finer hotels, the Inn of Governors. The article reports that the city's public safety committee want to block off the route for four hours along those portions that are near the hotels at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The paper suggests instead that signs be put up saying the noise ordinance will be strictly enforced along the relevant streets where the public peace is being threatened and then use a tough enforcement measures on its violators.
Stadium Plans To Go To City Zoning Commission; Plans Get Cool Reception from Residents in Schaumberg and Roselle, Illinois (Jun. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that nearly 125 people attended a Schaumburg zoning hearing June 18 regarding the proposed minor-league baseball stadium. Many residents in attendance argued the proposed stadium site - in the middle of single-family suburbia- was not fitting to the suburban village of Schaumberg.
St. Paul City Council To Consider Emergency Measure to Ban Late-Night Train Whistles in Minnesota (Jun. 17, 1998). The Minneapolis Tribune reports the St. Paul City Council will be asked to consider an emergency ordinance to end late-night train whistles that are disturbing the sleep of hundreds of St. Paul residents.
Indiana Residents Question Highway Officials About Road Widening Project (Jun. 13, 1998). The Indianapolis Star reports that residents in Noblesville, Indiana who will be affected by the proposed widening of 146th Street, questioned Hamilton County highway officials this week about the noise, safety, and necessity of the project. The article notes that the county will hold four more public meetings next week to discuss the proposed project.
Transalpine Highway Blocked by Austrian Anti-noise Protesters (Jun. 13, 1998). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that about 4,000 demonstrators shut down the Brenner Pass Friday, June 10 in protest against European Union policies that keep all highways open to huge trucks. Austrians are fed up with the noise and fumes of 1.2 million trucks using the pass each year. According to the article that number is a 50 percent increase since 1990 and is due to increased cross-border trade that is in line with European Union policies.
Austrian Noise Activists Block Major Highway to Protest European Union Policy That Allows Large Trucks on All Highways (Jun. 12, 1998). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that hundreds of noise activists in Austria on Friday blocked one of Europe's major alpine highways, the E45 motorway near Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass, in a 28-hour protest against European Union policies that keep all highways open to huge trucks. The article says Austrians are fed up with the noise and fumes in their scenic valleys caused by heavy trucks on their alpine highways en route between Italy and Germany.
Railroad Company Says it Will Build Rail Yard in Texas City, Against City's Wishes (Jun. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that officials with the Kansas City Southern Railway Company said Wednesday they would build a 15-track rail yard in Wylie, Texas. The rail yard was part of a controversial project proposed by the railroad that voters rejected almost a year ago. The railroad company no longer plans to build a business park and truck shipping center, which were part of the earlier project, the article says. City officials fear that building a rail yard will leave the city with more trains and noise, but no economic gain. Residents who fought the earlier proposed project were dismayed at the announcement.
Retailers in Oklahoma Town Worry That Proposed Wal-Mart Will Increase Rent and Noise (Jun. 10, 1998). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the City Council in Norman, Oklahoma will decide later this month whether to grant requests to Wal-Mart to build super-centers in east and west Norman. Meanwhile, some retailers near the proposed stores are complaining that the super-centers would increase rents at their locations and would increase noise.
Florida Residents Complain About Truck Noise at Spring Water Plant (Jun. 10, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents in Tamarac, Florida living near the Zephyrhills Spring Water distribution center have raised complaints about the noise from the company's delivery trucks. The article explains that the border between Tamarac and Fort Lauderdale is located between the neighborhood and the plant, creating jurisdictional difficulties in addressing the problem.
Maine Neighborhood Near Interstate Will Get Noise Barrier (Jun. 9, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports that officials with the Maine Department of Transportation announced Monday that they will spend $200,000 for a noise barrier along the Interstate 95 Broadway exit in Bangor, Maine. The article says that the noise wall would be the first such wall in Maine. Previously, state policy didn't allow the state to construct noise mitigation projects on existing highways, the article notes.
Missouri Residents Oppose Plan for Shopping Center in Rural Area Due to Noise and Traffic (Jun. 8, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Planning and Zoning Commission in Wildwood, Missouri is considering a plan to re-zone 18 acres of land from residential to commercial use, paving the way for a shopping center at Highways 100 and 109. But residents attending a meeting of the commission said they opposed the project because it would increase noise and traffic, and destroy the green space and rural atmosphere of the town.
Proposed 24-Hour Gas Station Angers Pennsylvania Residents (Jun. 7, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that residents are objecting to a 24-hour gas station proposed for Route 19 in Peters Township, Pennsylvania, saying the development will create constant noise, traffic, and bright lighting near their homes.
Ohio Residents Battle Truck Noise and Dust From Noisy Warehouse (Jun. 6, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that residents in Cincinnati, Ohio are complaining about the noise, dust, and other problems at the Carthage Mills warehouse complex near their homes. In response to the problem, Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls has introduced a motion that would change the zoning in the area to residential uses only, which would force Carthage Mills to move.
Resident in a New York Town Asks for Another Town's Noise Barriers (Jun. 6, 1998). The Buffalo News printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Dana Kaczmarek, a Lackawanna, New York resident. Kaczmarek notes that officials have decided to remove the toll barrier in Williamsville, and asks that the noise barriers at Williamsville be moved to the Lackawanna toll barrier:
Ohio Politicians Win Concessions from Railroad Companies Seeking Changes to Freight Traffic (Jun. 5, 1998). The Plain Dealer printed an editorial that argues the mayors in the Cleveland, Ohio area, along with congressional representatives, should feel they've served their constituents well in their successful campaigns to win concessions from two major railroads seeking to alter the pattern of freight traffic through Northeast Ohio. The editorial says that Representative Dennis Kucinich and Cleveland Mayor Michael White were especially successful in getting CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern to commit tens of millions of dollars to mitigate the impact on residents living near the tracks.
Railroad Agrees to Spend $13.1 Million to Mitigate Noise on Ohio Tracks (Jun. 5, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland (Ohio) Mayor Michael White and officials from CSX Transportation agreed yesterday in a last-minute deal to a plan that would help mitigate noise if a proposed railroad merger goes forward. CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroads have proposed purchasing and dividing the Conrail lines through Cleveland, and the federal Surface Transportation Board currently is considering the deal. But many local officials initially opposed the plans, and Mayor White was set to register his objections to the merger yesterday before he reached an agreement with railroad officials. CSX officials agreed to pay $13.1 million to help offset the noise and potential environmental and safety hazards anticipated in Cleveland due to the increased train traffic, and to divert some trains away from East Side neighborhoods. The federal agency is expected to rule on the merger on Monday.
Residents Complain About Noise From Massachusetts Wal-Mart (Jun. 5, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports that residents living near a Wal-Mart on Route 12 in West Boylston, Massachusetts have long complained about noise from the store. The dispute may be nearing resolution, the article says, but if it does not end soon, town officials are ready to take the company to court for not complying with noise regulations. Town officials say representatives from the store have made promises in the past and have not lived up to them.
English Residents Living Near Highway Get Money to Mitigate Traffic Noise (Jun. 4, 1998). The Sentinel reports the Highways Agency in the United Kingdom will spend more than 400,000 pounds on noise insulation to protect residents along a section of the new A50 highway in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The article notes that 164 residents have applied for noise mitigation measures, and the government will spend about 2,500 pounds per home for the insulation measures.
Pennsylvania Towns Oppose Bus-Only Roadway (Jun. 4, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that officials in Edgewood and Swissvale, Pennsylvania, as well as officials in some other Pittsburgh suburbs, plan to step up their opposition to a planned extension of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway. Officials said they oppose the bus-only roadway extension because of the additional air pollution, noise pollution, additional traffic, and unsightly noise walls it would create.
Police Step Up Patrols in Public Parks to Curb Noise from Teenage Motorcyclists in Nottingham and Boxtowe, England (Jun. 2, 1998). The Nottingham Evening Post reports that teenage motorcyclists have been annoying residents in Nuthall streets and other areas around the city that are near Broxtowe Country Park in England. The article says police are stepping up patrols in the park to stop the youngsters who are riding there illegally.
Dear Abby Column Advises Adults to Enjoy the Noise of Ice Cream Trucks (Jun. 1, 1998). The Dallas Morning News printed a "Dear Abby" column, in which Abby advises a reader to not fight the noise of ice cream trucks, because the trucks are an American institution.
New York Policy Doesn't Fund Road Noise Barriers on Existing Roads, Unlike Minnesota and Ontario (May 29, 1998). The Buffalo News reports that New York State Department of Transportation officials have said they don't budget money to build noise barriers along existing expressways. But, the article says, Minnesota and Ontario have funded noise barriers along existing expressways since the 1970s, according to officials.
Noise and Safety Considerations for Ice Cream Trucks Are Issues for Some in Salt Lake City (May 29, 1998). The Deseret News reports that summer and ice cream season are approaching, but some in Salt Lake City, Utah are worried about noise and safety considerations. The article interviews two owners of ice cream truck companies about the issues.
Ice Cream Trucks Get Increasing Criticism Around the Country (May 27, 1998). The Telegraph Herald reports that ice cream trucks are facing a growing list of communities where they are not welcome. The trucks have been blamed for noise pollution, poor nutrition, traffic hazards, and attracting pedophiles as drivers, and laws restricting ice cream truck operations have sprouted around the country. The article goes on to focus on one ice cream truck operator who runs trucks on the Massachusetts - Rhode Island border.
Illinois Village Officials Consider Noise Pollution Ordinance (May 27, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Villa Park, Illinois are considering a noise pollution ordinance in order to address complaints from residents of Willow Pointe Condominiums that trucks parked at a Motel 6 make noise all night. The article says that several residents have recently demanded that the village control noise from parked trucks, especially those with refrigeration units.
Chicago Resident Approves Actions to Lower Car Stereo Noise (May 26, 1998). The Chicago Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Kathryn Kinnerk, a Chicago resident, regarding noise from car radios, car horns, and motorcycles:
San Francisco Resident Complains About Siren Noise from Ambulance Station Nearby (May 23, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gus Buttacavoli, a resident of Walnut Creek, California, has complained about the noise from ambulance sirens. An ambulance station is located down the street from Buttacavoli's apartment, the article explains. In response to his complaints, ambulance drivers have started waiting to turn on their sirens, but some officials express exasperation at Buttacavoli's complaints.
Texas City Officials Argue With Nuns Over Erecting a Noise Wall and the Purchase Price for Land (May 23, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that city officials in Arlington, Texas are arguing with nuns at the Carmel of the Holy Trinity monastery over the price of some land the city wants to buy from the nuns to expand a street. In addition, the nuns want the city to build a noise wall to protect their property from increased traffic noise, but city officials won't agree to do so. The article notes that negotiations continue, but the city also filed documents this week to initiate an eminent domain hearing, in which court-appointed commissioners would determine the fair market value of the property.
Denver Monitors Noise from Motorcycles after Residents Complain (May 21, 1998). The Denver Post reports residents of Denver, Colorado's, Lower Downtown are complaining about motorcycle noise, and the city is listening.
Georgia Residents Oppose Metal Recycler Fearing Noise (May 20, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that despite outraged neighbors, planning commissioners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, approved the building of a metal recycler.
Kentucky Residents Seek Noise Barrier at New Interchange; City Council Joins Effort (May 20, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports the St. Matthews City Council last week joined residents in an effort to persuade the state to add noise barriers to a new interchange at Westport Road and the Watterson Expressway.
Sound Walls Needed on Louisiana's I-10 According to State Officials (May 20, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports residents concerned about state plans to construct 10- to 24-foot-high noise -barriers along Interstate 10 will get a final chance to be heard in two public hearings this week.
Truck Noise at Chicago Motel Deprive Condo Residents of Sleep (May 20, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports semi-tractor trailers parked in the back of a Motel 6 in Villa Park, Chicago, are causing nearby residents to lose sleep.
Return of Trains Bring Noise and Safety Worries to Some Conn. Residents (May 18, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that while the revival of the Hartford-to-Cromwell rail line is being hailed as a boon for local businesses, some Wethersfield, Connecticut, residents say they are concerned about safety and noise.
Noise, Crime, and Traffic Will Rise while Property Values Fall say Neighbors of Florida Naval Center Slated for Redevelopment (May 17, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Florida residents who live near a naval center slated for redevelopment are worried about noise, along with declining property values and increased traffic and crime.
Plans for Road Development through Welsh Gorge Brings Protests of Noise Pollution (May 17, 1998). The Independent of London, England, reports Clydach Gorge, a three-mile enclave of wildlife in South Wales, is under consideration for road development. Locals oppose the plan, citing environmental impacts and noise pollution.
Noise and Public Conduct Ordinance Proposed for Maine Town (May 16, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports Pittsfield, Maine, town officials hope to curb unwanted behavior with a new noise and public conduct ordinance.
Virginia Residents Want Sound Barriers to Block Noise from I-95; Residents' Say Barriers in Original Plans (May 16, 1998). The Washington Post reports the noise level from traffic on nearby Interstate 95 is so bad for residents of Prince William Estates in Dumfries, Virginia, that they're asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect sound barriers along their back yards.
Plan to Widen Bridge in Sacramento County Brings Concerns about Noise, Traffic, and Health (May 15, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports when the supervisors in Sacramento, California, unanimously approved a proposal to widen Watt Avenue, including the American River's Watt Avenue bridge, they joined one of the county's most contentious debates of the decade.
Calif. Town Says No to Preschool Permit Citing Health, Safety and Noise Concerns (May 14, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Thousand Oaks, California, a developer that wanted to build a preschool had its proposal rejected by planners who worried about noise, safety, and health problems. The developer will appeal the ruling in City Council.
Increase in Activity and Noise at Conn. Speedway Leads to Resident Petition of Protest (May 14, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports noise from a speedway during the daytime has led residents of Stafford, Connecticut, to submit a petition to the board of selectmen Monday asking that something be done about the problem.
Ohio City Limits Noise from Ice Cream Trucks (May 14, 1998). The Plain Dealer reports there's a new law in Medina, Ohio, that restricts ice cream trucks from playing loud music.
Sante Fe Business Can Keep Live Music; Must Follow City's Noise Ordinance (May 14, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an agreement between the Santa Fe City Council and a local business means the lounge will continue to offer live amplified music, but hours for live performances will be limited.
Second Hearing Scheduled for Controversial Maine Motocross Track (May 13, 1998). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports a new date for a hearing has been set to decide on a controversial proposal to build a motocross track in Benton, Maine.
West Chicago Debates Railport Proposal: Lists Noise and Traffic Concerns (May 13, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports West Chicago city officials say they need more information and more convincing before they can agree to the "railport" being proposed by Union Pacific Railroad.
Editorial Laments Ottawa's Noisy Spring (May 12, 1998). The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial lamenting spring's double-edged sword: warmer weather and more daylight bring more noise.
Residents in Annapolis Area Concerned about Increasing Noise Sources (May 11, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports Anne Arundel County residents are exposed to ever increasing sources of noise. While many believe their world is too noisy, experts say it's all in how people perceive noise. The article provides an overview of noise standards, methods by which noise is measured, and some methods of noise mitigation.
NJ Residents Win Tax Cuts in Fight to Reduce Rail Noise (May 7, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey residents are fighting train noise by making tax appeals. With one resident's victory setting a precedent, others are following suit, seeking compensation for the noise they endure. Meanwhile Congress is considering a ban on whistle-blowing at crossings while seeking alternative safety measures.
Vancouver Police Checkpoints to Inspect Noise Levels of Motorcycles (May 7, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports Vancouver police will check motorcycles for noise levels four times during the month of May.
Aberdeen Say New Takeout Business Will Increase Noise, Litter, and Traffic (May 7, 1998). The Aberdeen Evening Express reports local residents are irate over food takeaway plans, which they claim will make their lives miserable by adding to existing noise and traffic problems.
Shifting Commerce to Waterways May be Answer to Noise Along Northeast's I-95 (May 6, 1998). The Journal of Commerce reports incessant noise from Interstate 95 permeates the picture-perfect postcard of moneyed Southport, Connecticut. Officials are exploring ways to mitigate truck traffic as a way to dampen the noise.
Boca Resident Wants to Know Who Controls Noisy Trains (May 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel published an editorial by Boca Raton resident, Louis N. Gordon. In his letter to the editor, Mr. Gordon asks who has jurisdiction over noise from nearby railroad tracks. Mr. Gordon wrote:
NJ Residents Want Alternatives to Concrete for Highway Noise Barriers (May 5, 1998). The Record reports New Jersey's Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow counties to choose the form of their highway noise barriers.
Kentucky Residents Request Noise Barrier along New Interchange (May 3, 1998). The Courier-Journal reports St. Matthews residents whose homes border a planned interchange along Kentucky's Interstate 264 have requested the state erect a concrete noise barrier.
New Zealand Advisor Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
New Zealand Expert Advises Against Highway Upgrade, Citing Noise and Its Health Effects (May 1, 1998). The Evening Post reports a New Zealand senior advisor said widening a State Highway would add to already unacceptably high noise levels for residents and most likely result in serious health effects.
CA Residents Fight for Sound Wall as Shield from Trains (Apr. 30, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in Orange County, California railroad noise has been a problem for many years, and residents have continued to push for noise walls in the area.
NYC Steps Up Anti-Noise Effort with Restrictions for Cabbies (Apr. 30, 1998). The Daily News reports New York City is increasing its efforts to limit noise by restricting cab drivers from honking their horns unnecessarily.
Illinois Residents Say Wal-Mart is a Noisy Neighbor (Apr. 29, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports Lake Zurich, Illinois village officials rejected a proposed 4,000-square-foot expansion to Wal-Mart, citing overdevelopment of the area in general and charging the company specifically with being a noisy neighbor.
Resident Alerts Public to Noise and Its Harmful Effects (Apr. 29, 1998). The Times-Picayune published the following letter alerting readers to the pervasiveness of noise and its harmful effects. The letter is from Metairie, Louisiana, resident, John Guignard. Guignard wrote:
Kentucky Residents Told Cost Too High for Noise Wall Along I-264 (Apr. 23, 1998). The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, published the following question and answer in its News Fact Finder column, a service to readers who have questions about public works projects. Residents John and Irene Pircock of Shively asked about erecting noise barriers on Kentucky's Interstate 264:
Illinois Tollway Expansion Will Include Noise Study and Mitigation (Apr. 22, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that the East-West Tollway in Lisle, Illinois will be expanded by one lane between the North-South Tollway and Naperville Road. As part of the project, a noise study will be conducted, and noise barriers will be constructed if needed, the article says. Residents along the Tollway would like to see noise barriers built, the article notes.
Government Panel in Japan Will Propose Raising the Noise Level Allowed Along Major Roads (Apr. 17, 1998). The Mainichi Daily News reports that a subcommittee of the Central Environment Council in Japan will propose raising the level of noise allowed along major roads at an April 21 meeting of the Council. The subcommittee will recommend that the maximum acceptable noise level near arterial roads should be 70 decibels during the day. The new proposal exceeds the current noise limit of 65 decibels recognized by the Supreme Court in 1995 in connection with a noise pollution lawsuit brought by residents in Kobe.
California City Considers Proposal to Mitigate Railroad Noise (Apr. 16, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that in response to years of noise endured by residents of Anaheim, California, a public meeting will be held tonight to discuss a possible $40-million noise wall and train overpass in the area. The project would alter a railroad corridor that parallels Esperanza Road.
Report Finds Six Million People in France Suffer From Excess Noise Pollution (Apr. 16, 1998). The Independent reports that the Economic and Social Council (CES) in France, a consultative body representing industrial, business and social groups, issued a report that finds six million French people suffer from excess noise, mainly from cars, railways, and planes.
Tennessee Residents Concerned that Road Project Won't Include Noise Walls (Apr. 16, 1998). The Commercial Appeal reports that residents in Memphis, Tennessee living near a planned road expansion project are concerned that noise walls will not be built to protect them from traffic noise. The $35 million road project will revamp Walnut Grove between Interstate 240 and Humphreys, the article notes.
Study Says Noise Acceptable from Georgia Firing Range; Neighbors Disagree (Apr. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a study of noise from a Georgia police firing range shows that noise levels acceptable.
Residents Along Florida's Tri-Rail Expansion Demand Protection from More Noise (Apr. 14, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents at a mobile-home community for seniors in Deerfield Beach, Florida, fear current noise and vibrations from trains and rail tracks are about to increase.
Chicago's Noise Law Impounds Cars Blasting Music (Apr. 13, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that in the last year thousands of Chicagoans have had their cars impounded, some for violating the city code governing Noise and Vibration Control.
Enforce Santa Fe's Noise Ordinance (Apr. 13, 1998). The Santa Fe New Mexican published an editorial about on-going noise issues in Santa Fe, prompted most recently by residents' complaints about a local bar. It's the editor's opinion that a sound-level meter and an enforceable ordinance would solve the city's noise problems.
Louisiana Residents Living Near Interstate May Get Noise Walls (Apr. 12, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that a new study commissioned by Louisiana state officials recommends that 10- to 24-foot noise walls be built along 11 miles of Interstate 10 near Metairie, between the St. Charles Parish/Kenner line and Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. The article notes that building the noise walls would be part of a project to widen Interstate 10. Before a final decision is made, the state will hold public input meetings to gather comments from residents.
New Orleans Residents Welcome Noise Barrier Walls along I-10 (Apr. 12, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports many residents who live along the Interstate 10 Service Road are supportive of building sound barriers along the highway.
With Expansion, Santa Paula Considers Noise, Safety and Open Space (Apr. 12, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports the Santa Paula City Council will consider whether to expand as it considers final approval for a general plan update on Monday. Besides setting policy for land use, the general plan covers noise, conservation, safety, and open space.
Road Noise from New Bypass Drives Family From Home; Residents Ask for Road Resurfacing (Apr. 11, 1998). The Gloucestershire Echo of England reports a resident says excessive road noise is forcing him out of his home near the new Cirencester bypass.
Britain Fights EU's Tough Anti-Noise Proposals (Apr. 11, 1998). The Independent reports that Britain is preparing to fight new anti- noise laws proposed by the European Commission.
Detractors of Maryland Race Track Cite Noise and Traffic Concerns (Apr. 10, 1998). The Capital reports developers of a 54,800-seat race track in Pasadena met with the public again last night, hoping to amass support for the proposal.
Will Trees Protect High School from Mass. Highway Noise? (Apr. 10, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette reports the Massachusetts Highway Department has agreed to plant fast-growing trees along the road near Auburn High School in an effort to muffle the noise from heavy traffic.
Gloucestershire Protesters Block Road for Peace and Quiet (Apr. 10, 1998). The Gloucestershire Echo of England reports protesters brought traffic to a halt as they staged a march against noise pollution from the new Cirencester bypass.
Colden Lake Neighbors Wary of Noise from Motorcycle Races (Apr. 10, 1998). The Buffalo News reports the Colden , New York, Town Board Thursday night approved a special-use permit for an "off-road grand prix" to be held at the Colden Lakes Resort despite the objections of a few residents.
Beijing Takes Measures to Reduce Noise Pollution from Car Alarms (Apr. 9, 1998). The China Daily reports Beijing yesterday announced new regulations designed to curb noise pollution from car alarms.
Illinois Funds Two Studies of Highway Noise Barriers (Apr. 9, 1998). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Illinois Transportation Research Center (ITRC) is funding two traffic noise -related studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's School of Engineering in response to residents' concerns.
Sound Barriers Could Be Built Along Lake Parkway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin if Neighbors Want Them (Apr. 7, 1998). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that city officials will consider whether noise barriers should be built east of the Lake Parkway in Bay View section of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A total of three noise barriers could be built -if city officials determine a majority of the residents want them.
Two Noise Barriers to be Built in Orange County, California (Apr. 7, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that the south side of the San Diego Freeway will see the building of two noise walls by August. The walls will go near two interchanges: for Garden Grove, and San Diego.
Removed Trees along Turnpike Increase Noise for Florida Residents (Apr. 5, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports it's unclear who removed the trees along Northwest 52nd Avenue which runs parallel to Florida's Turnpike, but the result is a plague of noise and dust for residents.
Residents Frustrated with Absence of Funding for Noise Barrier in Annapolis, Maryland (Apr. 3, 1998). The Capitol reports that residents in Annapolis, Maryland are complaining of dangerous noise levels coming from Route 50 just east of the Severn River. The county rushed through zoning changes earlier this year to qualify for the money that would pay for walls, but the State Highway Administration is not planning to pay for the walls for another three to five years.
Wal-Mart Told to Keep Noise Down by Planning Commission in Lake Zurich, Illinois (Apr. 3, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the planning commission in Lake Zurich, Illinois wants Wal-Mart to reduce truck and other noise in return for their approved expansion of the store.
Members of City Council Discover Potential Federal Funds to Help Them Eliminate or Decrease Noise from Freight Train Whistles in Riverside, California (Apr. 2, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that members of Riverside's city council in California may be able to obtain federal funds to eliminate or decrease the noise from freight train whistles passing through town.
Overnight Construction of High-Speed Rail Service Causes Sleepless Nights for Neighbors in Canton, Massachusetts Who Live Along the Track (Apr. 1, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports complaints from sleepless residents about nighttime construction work for the high-speed rail service has prompted a response from Amtrak and town officials. The construction which began March 16 has occurred between High Street and the Canton Viaduct in Canton Massachusetts.
Chicago Residents Upset Over Noise from Railroad Track Blower (Mar. 31, 1998). The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago residents living in the 4600 block of North Lawler in Jefferson Park are upset about the noise from three blower devices the Union Pacific Railroad installed next to the tracks on Metra's Northwest line to Harvard. The three devices blow cold air on the tracks to keep snow and ice from interfering with the railroad switches, and they run 24 hours a day from November through April.
Pennsylvania Toll Road is a Bad Idea, Writer Argues (Mar. 28, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed an editorial in which the writer argues that the Mon-Fayette toll road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a bad idea. The writer says the high cost of the road is prohibitive, and the road will destroy the quality-of-life of the communities near it.
Commuter Rail Project in Washington City Could Eliminate Noisy Rail Yards (Mar. 24, 1998). The Seattle Times reports the Regional Transit Authority in the Seattle, Washington area is considering eliminating noisy railroad yards next to the marina in Everett along the Snohomish River as part of its commuter-rail project.
Freeway Wall Project in California is Expected to Reduce Noise by Five Decibels (Mar. 24, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that workers are building a$623,465 sound wall to protect residents living near Highway 91 in Riverside, California. The project, which is being undertaken by the Riverside County Transportation Commission, is expected to reduce noise levels by five decibels in the neighborhood.
Toronto Residents Protest New Bus Route Citing Noise and Fumes (Mar. 23, 1998). The Toronto Star reports that about 50 people walked in front of a Toronto Transit Commission bus along Moore Park Ave. in Toronto yesterday to protest the start of an altered route that they say will bring noise, pollution, and increased traffic to their neighborhoods.
DOT Tree Removal Infuriates Condo Resident Who is Now Exposed to Interstate Noise (Mar. 22, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the removal of thick Florida holly trees from Interstate 95 is exposing condominium residents to interstate noise in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
New York Town Wants to Move Toll Barriers Citing Noise and Dirt (Mar. 20, 1998). The Buffalo News of Buffalo, New York, reports that Erie County legislators voted 12-5 Thursday to ask the State Thruway Authority to relocate the Williamsville and Lackawanna toll barriers to protect nearby residents from noise and pollution.
Florida Residents Prefer Peace and Quiet to Softball in their Neighborhood (Mar. 19, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports that residents strongly object to a proposed softball complex in their neighborhood. They predict the complex will bring noise and traffic to their quiet neighborhood.
Tollway Noise May Get One Chicago Neighborhood Noise Barriers; No to the Other for Now (Mar. 18, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is compiling noise-level readings along the North-South Tollway prompted by residents' complaints of tollway noise.
Will Noise Ordinance be Adjusted for New Jersey Ice Cream Vendors? (Mar. 18, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey officials in Stafford Township are seeking a compromise in an ordinance that bans ice cream vendors from playing amplified music from their trucks.
Barnegat Toll Plaza on Garden State Parkway Will Get Quiet Pavement, Maybe Noise Barrier (Mar. 17, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the New Jersey Highway Authority is considering a noise barrier for the Garden State Parkway toll plaza at Barnegat.
Cincinnati Airport Brings Jobs, But Not Without Noise and Land Costs in Boone County (Mar. 16, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Boone County, Kentucky, residents know the price for the prosperity brought by the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport. Among the prices paid: jet aircraft noise, loss of land and homes, and now, the airport wants to close a section of road. Residents have objected to this last request.
Noise Violations All in the Family in Two Massachusetts Asphalt Plants (Mar. 14, 1998). The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Massachusetts, reports Building Inspector James J. Ford Sr. has informed the P.J. Keating Co., a blacktop plant, that it is in violation of town bylaws governing noise from blasting and truck traffic.
Gravel Mining and School Incompatible, Says Pierce County, Washington (Mar. 13, 1998). The News Tribune reports Pierce County, Washington, revoked a mining permit, preventing a sand and gravel company from reopening across from Rocky Ridge Elementary School.
Idaho Environmentalists Fight Air Force Training Range Expansion (Mar. 12, 1998). The Idaho Statesman reports environmentalists don't believe the Air Force will adequately protect Owyhee Desert wilds from a training range expansion, so they are in Washington, DC, trying to halt the project.
Michigan Residents Object to Concrete Crushing in Neighborhood (Mar. 12, 1998). The Grand Rapids Press reports Alpine Township residents will have to wait for a decision from the Planning Commission on a special use permit for an excavating company to crush concrete and process topsoil in their neighborhood.
Boise Commissioners Say New Road to Abate Truck Noise (Mar. 12, 1998). The Idaho Statesman of Boise reports Ada County Highway District commissioners approved a new road plan to reduce garbage trucks' noise.
PA Company Granted Variance for Earlier Operation Hours (Mar. 11, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Carnegie zoning hearing board has given approval to a drywall company to operate earlier than allowed by borough law, but the board says it will revoke the variance if delivery trucks disturb neighbors.
Texas Residents Oppose Concrete Plant (Mar. 11, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports the Sachse City Council, prompted by residents' opposition to a proposed concrete batch plant, will host public hearings on the issue before voting to revise a zoning decision made in January.
Noise Pollution Study in Greece Demands Attention (Mar. 11, 1998). AP Worldstream reports that according to the Athens Pollution Control Program, or Perpa, 54 percent of Athenians live in areas with unacceptable levels of noise pollution.
Braintree Company Responds to Noise Complaints (Mar. 10, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports King Hill Road residents in Braintree have asked selectman to take action on noisy delivery trucks at a nearby business.
Residents Seek Relief from Nightly Rail Noise (Mar. 9, 1998). The Grand Rapids Press reports Ada residents have organized to curb incessant night time train noise in their neighborhood. Their prospects for success appear dim.
California City Residents Get Landscaping to Protect Them From Traffic Noise (Mar. 7, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that because of resident complaints about noise from traffic increases along Bake Parkway in Lake Forest, California, the city council has decided to plant trees between residences and the highway. The effort is intended to quiet the neighborhood, and residents seem happy about the idea. The traffic increased because of a highway expansion project two years ago.
Motorsport Noise Issue Goes to Court (Mar. 7, 1998). The United Kingdom's Northern Echo reports a court hearing has been scheduled for June to address noise levels at a popular motorsport center in Sunderland.
Highway Improvements and Sound Barriers to Reduce Noise in Montreal's East End (Mar. 5, 1998). The Gazette of Montreal, Quebec, reports the Quebec government announced a $35-million plan to improve the road system around Highway 25. Those improvements will make life quieter for thousands of residents of Montreal's east end, Mayor Pierre Bourque said yesterday.
Another NJ Town Bans Music from Ice-Cream Trucks (Mar. 4, 1998). BC Cycle reports Stafford Township, New Jersey, has become the latest community to ban ice cream trucks from playing music to attract their customers.
More Traffic Causes Ohio Town to Consider Noise Barriers Along Interstate 75 (Mar. 4, 1998). The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Union Township leaders are considering erecting noise barriers in anticipation of increased traffic along Interstate 75 near West Chester.
Study Available on Noise Control and Abatement in Transportation and Heavy Industrial Environments (Mar. 1, 1998). The Industrial Health & Hazards Update says that a report is available about noise control and abatement in the transportation industry and heavy industrial environments. The publication goes on to list what the report covers and how it can be obtained.
Two Minnesota Neighborhoods Fight to Ensure Increased Train Traffic Isn't in Their Neighborhood (Mar. 1, 1998). The Star Tribune reports that two neighborhoods in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area are fighting to ensure that train traffic increases, not in their own, but in the other neighborhood. The Twin Cities & Western freight trains pass through both the working class Blackstone Avenue neighborhood in St. Louis Park and the exclusive Kenwood and Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhoods in Minneapolis, but only one of the towns will be experiencing a permanent increase in rail traffic. The next vote on the issue will occur Monday in St. Louis Park, the article reports, when the City Council will consider an agreement in which the town gets funds to clean up a contaminated Superfund site in exchange for eventually having the trains pass through their city.
Noise Walls Will Be Built Along Interstate in Colorado City (Feb. 27, 1998). The Rocky Mountain News reports that construction on noise walls in Aurora, Colorado will begin in the next few weeks. The walls will go up on both sides of Interstate 225 from Parker Road to East Yale Avenue, as part of an overhaul of the I-225 and Parker interchange. According to the article, the beige and dark brown masonry block noise walls will provide noise relief for nearby residents, and will cost about $4.5 million.
Los Angeles School District Agrees to Allow Major Developments to Proceed, Despite Concerns About Increased Noise (Feb. 26, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that officials from the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District reached a partial agreement Wednesday that allows major developments to proceed while talks continue about how to protect the schools from the noise and traffic expected to result from the developments. Last year, the article notes, the school district won an appeals court ruling that invalidates the Warner Center specific plan, which could block construction of the projects. However, school district officials agreed to ask the court to keep the plan in effect while a long-term agreement is negotiated that would provide funds to mitigate noise and traffic impacts on nearby schools. According to City Councilor Laura Chick, school district officials also agreed not to challenge the construction of an 11-story, $30 million office building for Twentieth Century Insurance Company on Owensmouth Avenue.
New York City Works To Decrease Noise Pollution (Feb. 19, 1998). The Boston Globe reports that noise pollution continues to grow in New York City. The City is trying stronger measures to lower noise levels.
Sacramento Elementary School Wants Sound Wall; Neighborhood Activists Push (Feb. 19, 1998). The Sacramento Bee reports teachers, students and administrators at Babcock Elementary School are in favor a sound wall being built along the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento. The article outlines the process that will be undertaken to determine if a sound wall is feasible.
Oklahoma Planning Commission Rejects Dairy Parking Lot Project After Residents Object (Feb. 16, 1998). The Daily Oklahoman reports that the Planning Commission in Norman, Oklahoma voted 4-3 to recommend that a proposed parking lot at the Hiland Dairy be rejected. The vote came after residents near the dairy objected that the plan would increase the traffic, noise, and air pollution around the facility. The Norman City Council has the final say on the proposed project.
Massachusetts Golf Course Construction Bothers Neighbors (Feb. 14, 1998). The Patriot Ledger reports that noise and dust from the construction of a golf course on a former land fill in Quincy, Massachusetts has been casing problems for neighbors.
Los Angeles Transportation Authority Erects Sound Walls to Reduce Construction Noise (Jan. 26, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Los Angeles, California has promised to mitigate construction noise when work begins on a subway along Chandler Boulevard. Construction work will be done on the median, and residents were worried that noise would become a problem.
Boston's Big Dig Attempts to Keep Noise Down (Jan. 25, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that in Boston the biggest public works project since the building the Great Pyramids continues while officials attempt to maintain a quality of life for residents. Known as the Big Dig, the project will ultimately create a complex of highways that will run through and under Boston, hopefully eliminating the city's infamous traffic congestion.
Albuqeurque Noise Walls Modified on I-40 (Jan. 24, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sections of noise walls recently installed along Interstate 40 near the Rio Grande were adjusted after property owners complained.
Cleveland Railroad Will Use Noise-Reduction Plan if Merger Approved (Jan. 23, 1998). The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, reports that CSX Transportation's efforts to convince federal officials to approve a railroad merger, includes promises to enhance neighborhoods in Cleveland and East Cleveland, including re-routing some trains and implementing a noise-reduction plan.
New Jersey Noise Barriers Delayed Again for Another DOT Study (Jan. 23, 1998). The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reports that the federal government will again delay the building of noise barriers along Route 95. This new delay is attributed to a study of traffic patterns on the highway. At this rate, residents may have to wait until 2001 for noise barriers.
Oil Rigs in Brentwood, CA Neighborhood Noisy and Unsightly (Jan. 23, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that residents in a section of southern Brentwood, California, are upset about the noise coming from oil drilling in their backyards.
Wetlands, Noise, Traffic Concerns Force Review of Proposed Amphitheater in Washington State (Jan. 23, 1998). The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington, reports the Muckleshoot Tribe's amphitheater project must undergo a review of all possible environmental impacts, including traffic and noise as well as its effect on wetlands.
CA Community Would Welcome Rail-Port and Plan for Noise Control (Jan. 22, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that while Beaumont officials consider a major Union Pacific rail port for the east edge of the city, residents and officials alike debate the effects on the community. Most would welcome the economic impact while some are cautious about increased noise and traffic.
CSXT Unveils Noise Mitigation Plans for Cleveland (Jan. 22, 1998). PR Newswire reports CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT) announced its plan today for noise berms and attractive landscaping adjacent to the sections of Conrail track it plans to obtain in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area.
Natural Quiet Still Lives in Louisiana Bayou (Jan. 22, 1998). In a column called Tammany Talk, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans printed writer Carol Wolfram's peaceful canoeing experience through the Cane Bayou in Louisiana, part of the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. In the Bayou, Wolfram enjoys the beautiful sounds of silence.
Noise from Interstate Viaduct Disturbs Walnut Creek Residents (Jan. 22, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that residents of Walnut Creek, California, are being assaulted by loud noise inside their homes from a temporary viaduct on Interstate 680-Highway 24. Caltrans officials blame the noise on a loose-steel plate in an expansion joint
WA Residents Say Mine Noise and Traffic Incompatible with Quality of Life (Jan. 22, 1998). The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington, reports that a dozen Green Bluff residents argued Friday against a Spokane County Division of Engineering proposal to expand a gravel mine and crushing operation near their homes.
Malaysian Residents Says Noisy Cement Plant Polluting Food, Water, and Air (Jan. 21, 1998). WorldSources Online reports residents of Kampung Satu in Malaysia want Kuala Lumpur City Hall to halt operations at a cement batching plant which they claim has caused noise pollution as well as the pollution of their food and drinking water.
Maryland Residents Oppose Race Track on Noise and Traffic Grounds (Jan. 21, 1998). The Capital of Annapolis, Maryland, reports Middle River Racing officials failed to convince West County residents opposed to a proposed speedway that it would be a good neighbor.
Minor CA Baseball Club Faces Lawsuit Over Noise and Traffic Concerns at College Field (Jan. 21, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pacific Suns -- a minor league team that wants to play at Oxnard College -- will have to deal with lawsuits that say noise and traffic will be worsened by their presence. College trustees have already approved their request to play there.
NJ Township Debates Noise from Ice Cream Vendors (Jan. 21, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Stafford Township Council in New Jersey last night delayed a vote on whether to limit ice cream vendors' noise. Members want time to consider the hotly argued viewpoints expressed during last night's public session.
East Hartford Mayor Backs Theme Park; Residents Concerned about Noise and Traffic (Jan. 20, 1998). The Hartford Courant reports that the mayor and city officials of East Hartford, Connecticut, will recommend a giant amusement park for their town.
New Exit on Parkway Robs Lake Forest Residents of Sleep (Jan. 20, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that a truck route created by a new exit on Southern California's Interstate 5 has exposed residents in Foothill Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita to high levels of noise that disrupts sleep.
Wary Residents in Arundel Will Fight Speedway (Jan. 20, 1998). The Washington Post reports that citizens of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are fighting a proposal to build a $100 million auto speedway near Laurel.
Idaho Sprint Racers Request Permit for New Course after Noise Complaints (Jan. 19, 1998). The Lewiston Morning Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho, reports that Chapter One Racing is requesting a permit to build a new boat track after noise complaints from a few residents along the Snake River.
New Orleans Resident Suggests Trees as Noise Barrier (Jan. 18, 1998). The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, published a letter by a resident from Metairie who has a suggestion for a noise barrier on Interstate 10. The letter reads as follows:
Political Push for Maryland Racetrack Unlikely in Election Year (Jan. 18, 1998). The Baltimore Sun recently published an editorial about the questionable future of a 54,000-seat auto racetrack in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Convincing officials in an election year that auto racing should be part of their county's future may be difficult.
Utah Lawmakers Consider Mass Transit (Jan. 18, 1998). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah lawmakers are beginning to consider mass transit systems for the state, but road work still dominates transportation policies.
Noise Seminar in Bangkok Reveals Harmful Levels of Noise Throughout City (Jan. 17, 1998). The Bangkok Post reports that inner city residents, traffic police, bus drivers, steersmen and workers at certain factories are at risk of losing their hearing due to traffic and construction noise.
City Council Approval Clears Way for New Highway 1 Interchange in Oxnard, California Despite Concerns About Drainage, Noise, and Traffic Problems (Jan. 15, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports that despite lingering concerns about construction noise, traffic snarls and other issues, the Oxnard City Council has approved measures that could clear the way for a new Highway 1 interchange at Pleasant Valley Road. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an environmental study and an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to build the new interchange and eventually reroute Pacific Coast Highway off Oxnard Boulevard to Rice Avenue.
New Jersey Shoreline Residents Oppose Parking Lot Proposal (Jan. 15, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents on the New Jersey Shore are fighting a zoning change that would allow a public parking lot in a residential area. Residents oppose the change because the lot would attract traffic and noise and encourage others to destroy the residential nature of the area.
Citizens Advocacy Group in Las Vegas, Nevada Positively Steers Development to Reduce Noise and Other Negative Effects (Jan. 14, 1998). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that development and growth is an issue which affects all residents of Las Vegas, Nevada no matter what part of the city they reside in. A citizens advocacy group in the area, the Lone Mountain Citizens Advisory Council, is doing its part to help preserve the area from uncontrolled growth. The Advisory Council's input on two recently proposed projects have lead to changes in the projects to reduce noise and other negativeeffects on nearby residents.
Mining Company Incompatible with Tennessee Residential Area (Jan. 14, 1998). The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that a surface-mining operation has been deemed incompatible with the Millertown Pike area. Planning commissioners were not wooed by company's offer to make road improvements.
Residents Oppose Proposed Speedway in Russett, Maryland (Jan. 14, 1998). The Capital reports that a proposed speedway just west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Russett, Maryland has created a slew of concerns for neighbors. These concerns center around potential noise and decreased property values.
Developers of Proposed Racing Complex Plan to Offer Perks to Nearby Russett and Maryland City, Maryland Residents in Order to Win Support (Jan. 13, 1998). The Baltimore Sun reports that developers of a proposed 54,800-seat auto racetrack west of Fort Meade, Maryland said yesterday they might build eight public ball fields, a skateboard park and improve road intersections to win the support of skeptical neighbors. This seems to indicate the Middle River Racing Association of Timonium developers want to be "good neighbors" to nearby Russett and Maryland City, according to Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary. But some community leaders reacted hostilely, saying in the article that construction of soccer fields would not ease the noise and traffic problems created by a racing complex.
Road to Be Moved Closer to Mobile Home Park in Yucaipa, California Despite Protests (Jan. 13, 1998). The Press-Enterprise reports that despite protests, the Yucaipa, California City Council voted Monday to move Sunnyside Drive to within 22 feet of Lakeview Mobile Estates to make way for the construction of Community Park along Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa. Mobile home residents, angry that the heavily traveled road will be moved, presented a petition with more than 100 signatures and spoke out against the proposal at Monday's city council meeting.
Sound Walls For Existing Illinois Roads Built at Community's Expense (Jan. 11, 1998). A Daily Herald article answered reader's questions about traffic problems and road construction, with one question referring to sound wall construction along current roads.
An Editorial Advocates Cleaning Up Air Pollution in Roanoke, Virginia (Jan. 9, 1998). An editorial printed by the Roanoke Times & World News advocates cleaning up noise pollution in Roanoke, Virginia. Kelly Polykov, a student at Hollins College, says in the editorial that like air and water pollution, noise pollution is a very real problem for millions of Americans across the country. It comes from cars, trucks, airplanes, leaf blowers, air conditioners, construction, the booming bass of car stereos and a plethora of other sources. Noise has been getting louder and the problem more widespread every year.
Ocan Township, New Jersey Resident Complains About Noisy Trucks (Jan. 8, 1998). The Asbury Park Press reports that an Ocean Township, New Jersey resident is bothered by early morning noise from township trucks. Sandra Krug, of Holland Drive, told the Township Council that since an aging building was torn down in the road department yard on the corner of Beecroft Place and Larkin Place several years ago, the noise of trucks rumbling to life in the morning is amplified. The township maintains that construction of a new building has been held back by NJDEP regulations and testing.
Letter to the Editor in Raleigh, North Carolina Urges Residents to Complain About Boom Cars (Jan. 8, 1998). The following letter to the editor was printed in The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC):
Lisle, Illinois Residents May Unite to Lobby For Noise Barriers (Jan. 8, 1998). Chicago Daily Herald reports that Lisle, Illinois Trustee Judy Yuill has proposed forming a citizens committee to deal with tollway noise issues and, ultimately, to persuade the authority to install noise barriers. However, Toll officials say that while they welcome the input, the noise levels don't warrant building barriers.
Kane County, Illinois Officials Consider Fine For Loud Car Stereos (Jan. 7, 1998). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Kane County, Illinois officials recently recommended approval of a measure that would allow sheriff's police to issue a $50 ticket to offenders whose car stereos can be heard from 75 feet away. "It's unfortunate we have to have a law like this," board member Rudy Neuberger, an Aurora Democrat, said in the article. "It's just unfortunate we have to regulate consideration for other people."
Device Designed to Slow Traffic in Hollywood, Florida Neighborhood Creates More Noise (Jan. 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the residents of North Hills Drive in Hollywood, Florida who had asked the city to install rumble strips designed to slow down traffic now want the city to take the devices out. A drawback of the traffic calming has been the horrible, grinding sound cars and trucks make as they pass over the rumble strips.
Tolerance of Dallas Residents Vary with Noise Sources (Jan. 6, 1998). The Dallas Morning News reports that today it is highly unlikely you live without being exposed to somebody else's noise. It may just be the muffled roar of traffic or music from the house next door. Or it may be wailing sirens, the thunder of a passing plane, the muffled roar of traffic.
Committee Seeks Creative Ways to End Noise on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Street (Jan. 6, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Clinton Neighborhood Committee which is lobbying to reduce the noise and traffic on First Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will hold a meeting Friday night to show city, regional and provincial politicians just how serious the problem is. The meeting will also discuss solutions to the noise problems.
Recent Visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico Discover There is No Law Against Noisy Trucks (Jan. 5, 1998). An article in the Santa Fe New Mexican recounted the experiences of two recent visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico who were treated to the sound of diesel engines all night during their stay. The vacationing couple spent a long, sleepless night in their hotel room, discovering that Santa Fe does not have any laws concerning noisy trucks.
Neighbors Afraid Proposed Gas Station/Car Wash in Camarillo, California Will Bring More Traffic and Noise (Jan. 5, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports that American Oil Co. wants to build a gasoline station and car wash in Camarillo, California, but neighbors fear the project will increase traffic and create noise.
California Freeway Expansions Create Controversy (Jan. 4, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports about the concerns raised by freeway expansions for Freeways 168 and 41 and Highway 180 in Fresno, California.
Louisiana Residents Worry Over Highway Noise Barriers (Jan. 4, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that officials in New Orleans Louisiana are preparing to widen highway I-10. Neighbors worry over the increased noise of the larger road.
Florida Resident Sue Resort Over Traffic Noise (Jan. 3, 1998). The St. Petersberg Times reports that homeowners at the Saddlebrook Resort are suing the resort for the years of noise and inconvenience from traffic.
Noise From Farmland Sludge Dumping Upsets Pennsylvania Neighbors (Jan. 3, 1998). The Morning Call reports that complaints about noise from dumping sewage sludge on farm fields in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Pennsylvania has halted the dumping until further investigation can be done as to the content of the material.
Kentucky Resident Complains About Noise From Trucks (Jan. 1, 1998). The Courier-Journal describes one Kentucky residents struggle to stop noise from a truck terminal behind his home.
New Jersey Residents Await Highway Sound Barrier (Jan. 1, 1998). The Record reports that a project to build concrete sound barriers along Route 80 in Paterson and West Paterson is on schedule, but a recent phase, which removed trees and shrubs that buffered some homes from the busy interstate, has left residents eager for the job to be completed.
Nevada Community Considers Plans To Reduce Highway Noise (Dec. 31, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a recent agreement passed in Henderson, Nevada will reduce highway noise.
Resident Take City To Task On Noise Violations (Dec. 31, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York residents of Queens Blvd. are suing the city for violations of local noise pollution control laws.
Across The Nation, Jet Skis Are Making Waves (Dec. 30, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the increase in boating accidents involving jet skis are yet another cause for their regulation. Noise and other environmental damage are causing some states to regulate the use of jet skis.
New Jersey Residents Complain About Noise From Parkway Expansion Project (Dec. 30, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that expansion work at the Garden State Parkway toll plaza is under way, despite concerns raised by residents living nearby about noise pollution.
Virginia Neighbors Consider Effects Of New Highway Proposal (Dec. 30, 1997). The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Powhatan County residents are considering the changes living near the anticipated path of state Route 288 will bring about.
New Yorkers Number 1 Quality Of Life Complaint Is Noise (Dec. 29, 1997). The Daily News reports that New York City is doing little to reduce noise pollution even though noise is New Yorkers' No.1 quality of life issue.
North Carolina Resident Questions Proposal To Widen Highway (Dec. 27, 1997). The News and Observer published the following letter to the editor concerning the widening of U.S. 1-64 in North Carolina:
National Parks Prepare New Transportation Plans For Visitors (Dec. 23, 1997). National Public Radio reports that Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has announced a plan to reduce the use of cars in America's National Parks.
California Communities Oppose Railroad Expansion (Dec. 18, 1997). The Orange County Register reports that trains are expected to rumble and roar through Placentia California in increasingly hefty numbers in the next 10 to 15 years. Their numbers may jump from about 40 trains a day to as many as 150 trains daily along the Orangethorpe Avenue corridor.
Louisiana Residents Oppose Grocery Store (Dec. 18, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that residents in Luling, Louisiana oppose a proposal for a new Winn-Dixie market. Residents say the secondary entrance to the market will cause noise pollution and safety hazards.
Maryland Communities Struggle Over Proposed Racetrack (Dec. 18, 1997). The Washington Post reports that neighborhood activists in Anne Arundel County, Maryland find themselves staring at a $100 million, 100,000-seat auto racing track and entertainment center that would host National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing events.
Washington Community Negotiates With Native American Tribe On Ampitheater Proposal (Dec. 16, 1997). The News Tribune reports that King County is negotiating with the Muckleshoot Tribe over a 20,000-seat amphitheater the tribe is building on farmland near Auburn.
California Neighbors Concerned About Fairplex Entertainment Center Proposal (Dec. 15, 1997). The Business Press reports that a year-round entertainment complex proposed for the Pomona (California) Fairplex got a nod of approval from several city council members last week.
Chicago Area Builds Berm To Shelter Homes From Traffic Noise (Dec. 13, 1997). The Chicago Daily Herald reports that about 1.1 million cubic yards, will be used to build a berm along Interstate 290 from Addison to Mill roads to protect nearby houses and condominiums from traffic noise.
Commercial Land Use in Pennsylvania Brings Noise (Dec. 12, 1997). The Morning Call reports in an editorial that a Wal-Mart store is planned at a 41-acre commercial site in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. Vexed residents have organized for a fight.
California Residents Protest Proposed Road Relocation (Dec. 11, 1997). The Press Enterprise reports that residents of Lakeview Mobile Estates in San Bernadino County, California are angry about a new park that would cause a heavily traveled road to be moved to within 22 feet of their homes. They have collected more than 100 signatures on a petition and plan to protest at a Planning Commission meeting next week.
Minneapolis Plans to Rebuild Stretch of Highway 100 (Dec. 11, 1997). According to the Star Tribune, Hwy. 100 through Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley, Minnesota will be rebuilt between 1999 and 2003 as a six-lane freeway from Glenwood Avenue to County Rd. 81 and as a four-lane freeway from there to 50th Avenue N., the Department of Transportation has announced.
Florida Retirement Community Fights Noise From Trucks (Dec. 11, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that more than 100 people in Orange City, Florida who have taken to civic activism have a litany of complaints from loud trucks to speeding cars to the proliferation of all-terrain vehicles frolicking on vacant property nearby. This week, the Orange City Council promised to help.
New Plans To Reduce Fumes and Noise in London Squares (Dec. 10, 1997). The Associated Press reports how some of London's tourist areas long troubled by traffic noise are up for some improvements. The report describes London's Trafalgar Square: Pigeons. Stone lions. Lord Nelson on a fluted column. And, of course, the relentless roar of traffic. Those are the impressions carried home by the millions of tourists who trek through Trafalgar Square, home of the National Gallery and a major traffic hub located at the geographic center of modern London. But soon, visitors can scratch traffic from the list.
Hong Kong Airport to Move; Massive Truck Convoy Will Cause Massive Noise (Dec. 1, 1997). The South China Morning Post reports that the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong is scheduled to close next year, and the city is expected to thunder with early morning noise from heavy trucks making hundreds of trips as equipment is moved to the new Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Harley Enthusiasts Show Little Enthusiasm for Debut of First Electric Motorcycles in California (Nov. 30, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that an electric motorcycle has been created by Electric Motorbike Inc. in Northern California, but patrons of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Glendale made fun of the "Lectra," saying it was too quiet.
Highway Move Considered for Arizona Town; Some Say it Would Reduce Traffic Noise (Nov. 30, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Arizona Department of Transportation is considering moving part of U.S. 89 to go around Wickenburg, Arizona instead of through it, due to problems with congestion. However, the article says, some residents approve the plan, saying it will improve safety, noise and air pollution in the town, while others say the town's merchants will fail if no traffic is routed through their town.
Tennessee Community Worries That Bypass Road Will Bring More Traffic And Noise (Nov. 30, 1997). The Tennessean reports that residents of Mount Juliet. Tennessee are concerned that a road bypass would increase noise and traffic in the area.
Monte Carlo Rally Held for Electric Vehicles (Nov. 29, 1997). The Daily Telegraph printed a column reporting on the third Monte Carlo Rally for Electric Vehicles, the FIA Solar Cup, held near the village of Gorbio, Monaco.
Study Finds That Speed Bumps to Slow Traffic in Britain's Villages Result in More Noise (Nov. 29, 1997). The Daily Telegraph reports that a British government study published in Traffic Engineering & Control magazine has found that vehicles driving over speed bumps in Britain's villages are so noisy they are annoying thousands of British residents. In many cases, the article says, the increased noise from the speed bumps is outweighing the benefit of quieter roads gained by reducing the speed of traffic. The study found that trucks are responsible for much of the louder noise, the article says.
Proposed Light Rail Transit Line in Canada Encounters Problems Related to Noise, Vibrations, Wildlife Habitat Disturbance, and Others (Nov. 28, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Canadian government has released a report that identifies problems with a light rail transit link proposed to run between Vancouver (British Columbia) and Coquitlam. Problems include everything from noise and vibrations for local businesses and residents to a loss of traffic lanes to disturbance of a wildlife habitat in an important ravine.
Virginia Town Residents Say Noise Walls and Berms Near New Highway Aren't Enough (Nov. 27, 1997). The Washington Post reports that a four-lane divided bypass around Warrenton, Virginia opened on Monday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But some residents in the Ivy Hill neighborhood near the new highway say the noise walls and berms that have been built will not be enough to drown out the noise of passing traffic, the article reports. Residents attended the ceremony carrying signs saying "Finish Our Sound Wall" and "Spur Noise Ruins Lives."
New Jersey Resident Believes Traffic Noise is Worse Than Aircraft Noise (Nov. 26, 1997). The Record printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Paul Sveridovich, a New Milford, New Jersey resident, regarding aircraft noise from the Teterboro Airport and traffic noise:
Noise and Air Pollution are Driving People Away from St. Louis, Residents Say (Nov. 23, 1997). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Environmental Protection Agency held a public forum in St. Louis, Missouri Saturday to gather input on environmental problems. Residents who attended the forum told agency officials that many environmental concerns, including noise and industrial air pollution, are helping to destabilize neighborhoods and depopulate the city.
Residents Complain About Traffic Noise in New York Town, But Get No Help From State Officials (Nov. 23, 1997). The Buffalo News reports that residents in Niagara Falls, New York are complaining about noise from the LaSalle Expressway, which runs from Williams Road in Wheatfield west to the I-190, through the heart of a Niagara Falls residential area. Despite residents' complaints, state officials say they cannot perform a noise study and don't have the funds to build a sound wall or plant trees as a buffer.
California Residents Oppose Railroad Expansion Because of Train Noise (Nov. 22, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that the Union Pacific Railroad has plans to expand business in Colton, California, but residents living near the train tracks are complaining that noise and air pollution already is too much of a nuisance. Meanwhile, some city officials say the railroad's expansion plans will benefit Colton's lagging economy.
Cost to Fix San Francisco's New Whining Streetcars Could be $1 Million Per Car (Nov. 18, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that officials from San Francisco's Municipal Railway said yesterday that the only remaining option to fix the whining noise and shaking caused by new Breda streetcars is a repair that could cost as much as $1 million a car.
Fast Food Restaurant Proposal Near Residential Area is Rejected in Texas (Nov. 18, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reports that planning and zoning commissioners in Plano, Texas on Monday rejected a request for a new Sonic drive-in restaurant on Coit Road due to the proximity of a residential neighborhood, and complaints from residents about the noise, traffic, and trash the restaurant would bring.
Fans and Foes of California Bridge Expansion Fight Over Potential Impacts (Nov. 16, 1997). The Sacramento Bee reports that officials in Sacramento County, California are considering widening the Watt Avenue bridge over the American River to relieve congestion in the area. The first public hearing on the matter will be held Monday, and opponents and proponents of the plan are expected to attend. The $15 million project will go before county supervisors for a vote early next year, the article notes.
California Residents Worry About Expansion of Nearby Church, Saying More Noise and Traffic Will Result (Nov. 14, 1997). The Ventura County Star reports that residents living near the Ventura Missionary Church in Ventura, California, are worried that the church's proposed 33,000-square-foot expansion will add more noise and traffic problems to their neighborhood. The Planning Commission is set to consider the church's request on Dec. 2, the article notes.
Letters-to-the-Editor Debate Benefits and Costs of Rail Acquisition in Ohio (Nov. 13, 1997). The Plain Dealer printed the following letters-to-the-editor regarding the proposed sale of Conrail to Norfolk-Southern and CSX railroads in the Cleveland, Ohio area:
Noise from New Jersey Parkway Angers Residents; Highway Officials Consider Ways to Appease Them (Nov. 13, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that residents in the Pine Ridge development in Barnegat Township, New Jersey expressed anger and frustration at a meeting last night about the way the New Jersey Highway Authority has handled a project to add three new toll booths to the 11 toll booths already at the Garden State Parkay toll plaza near their homes. Residents were angry about noise and safety issues of the project. In an attempt to satisfy the residents, officials with the highway authority said they would consider building an earthen berm between the parkway and the residents' homes.
More Noise Barriers Probably Won't be Built on Southern New Hampshire Interstate (Nov. 13, 1997). The Union Leader reports that an information meeting was held last night by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation on the bridge reconstruction project on Interstate 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Most of the 50 residents who attended the meeting wanted more noise barriers as part of the project, but according to the article, it's not likely that more barriers will be built.
Taiwanese Mayoral Candidates Debate Local Environmental Issues, Including Noise Pollution (Nov. 12, 1997). The China News reports that four mayoral candidates in Taichung, Taiwan held a two-and-a-half hour debate yesterday on local environmental issues. The debate was sponsored by Global Views Monthly magazine and the Commonwealth Publishing Company, and the candidates were Hung Chau-nan, for the KMT party, Chang Wen-ying, the DPP candidate, Eric Soong, the New Party candidate, and Cheng Pang-cheng, a Taiwan Independence Party candidate. The candidates discussed improving enforcement of related laws, noise reduction around the North-South Freeway, environmental protection taxes, and increasing public confidence in government efforts.
Freight Yard Approved Near Commercial and Residential Buildings in a Massachusetts Town; Business Owners Vow to Appeal (Nov. 12, 1997). The Telegram & Gazette reports that the Zoning Board in Sterling, Massachusetts, near Worcester, has granted a special permit to Colnon & Co. to develop a freight yard behind the Barbers Crossing North Restaurant on Route 12. Residents and business owners are angry at the decision, and some are planning to appeal.
Proposed Arizona Subdivision Would Place Homes Near Future Freeway, Raising Town Officials' Concern (Nov. 12, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that a proposed 300-house subdivision near Gilbert, Arizona is being opposed by town officials because the development would threaten town land use plans for development around the Williams Gateway Airport, and because it would place homes next to the future San Tan Freeway, exposing future residents to traffic noise and fumes. However, town officials lack jurisdiction over the 75-acre land parcel, because it is an un-incorporated county "island" surrounded by the town. The proposal for the Hudson Ranches housing subdivision is expected to come before the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission on November 20.
Community Board Members in Greenwich Village, New York, Propose Selected Motorcycle Ban Due to Noise (Nov. 2, 1997). The New York Times reports that in an effort to improve the quality of life in New York City, the Greenwich Village community board is pressuring the police to strengthen noise laws with reference to loud motorcycles. Their quality-of-life campaign may even try to ban motorcycles from local streets, the article says.
Orlando Homeowners Reject Hotel Proposal from Universal Studios on Grounds of Traffic and Noise (Nov. 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a group of Orlando, Florida, homeowners challenged Universal Studios Florida and won. Using increased traffic and noise pollution as issues, the residents persuaded the city's planning board to deny the theme park's application to build a hotel and golf course near their homes.
Citizens Action Committee Urges Dallas Mayor to Update Love Field Noise Studies (Oct. 31, 1997). The Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas, Texas, Mayor Ron Kirk will ask the City Council to consider updating the city's noise and traffic studies of Dallas Love Field Airport. Behind the Mayor's request to update 5-year-old studies was the Love Field Citizens Action Committee. The Committee of residents have concerns about the impact of expanded airline service on their neighborhoods, specifically noise, traffic and safety issues. More flights are possible, according to this article, because Congress recently added Kansas, Mississippi and Alabama to the list of destinations allowed under the Wright amendment, which had previously limited passenger service from Love Field to destinations in Texas and its four neighboring states.
New Zealand Residents Object to Coal Terminal, Say Proposed Site Would Endanger Animals and Pollute Neighborhood (Oct. 30, 1997). The Press of Christchurch, New Zealand, reports Granity residents are opposed to a proposed West Coast Coal Terminal site. Yesterday, these residents were given the opportunity to address the hearing for the proposal. Residents cited a number of concerns ranging from endangerment of wildlife to increased noise and air pollution.
Tennessee Residents Object to Road that Will bring Noise, Pollution, and Danger (Oct. 30, 1997). The Commercial Appeal reports that many East Collierville, Tennessee, residents are working hard to persuade state officials to keep the proposed Collierville-Arlington Parkway as far away from them as possible. To the more than 1,000 citizens in East Collierville, the new road will mean pollution, noise and potential danger to themselves and nearby school children.
Alternate Truck Route Makes for Quieter North Carolina Town (Oct. 29, 1997). The Chapel Hill Herald of Durham, North Carolina, reports that after years of complaints about noise and exhaust of huge trucks rumbling through downtown, Hillsborough merchants and residents now hope to reclaim their streets. State planners have said that as many as 600 trucks may pass through Hillsborough in a day's time. In six weeks, the N.C. Department of Transportation will give Hillsborough the authority to restrict large trucks from traveling on Churton Street -- N.C. 86 -- through downtown. Since 1991, town officials have been asking the state to find a way to route truck traffic away from Churton Street. But until now, the state said there were no alternate routes.
British Columbia Residents Object to New Bus Route on Grounds of Noise and Congestion (Oct. 29, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the British Columbia town of Coquitlam has received a 500-name petition calling for the shut-down of a Town Centre bus service. The residents of Town Centre Boulevard complain that the bus service adds noise, congestion and the potential for crime in the area.
In a Twist, Texas Neighbors and Activists Support Noisy Business (Oct. 29, 1997). The Austin-American Statesman of Austin, Texas, reports that neighborhood residents in East Austin gathered to demand that the city award its 30-year curbside recycling contract to their old nemesis, BFI's Bolm Road recycling plant. In the past, the recycling plant has left wind-blown trash onto their lawns, annoyed them with crashing trash containers and sent trucks past their houses as many as 100 times a day. But residents and East Austin environmental activists urged the city to choose BFI, because the company has promised the neighborhood that it will move out if it gets the contract. BFI holds the current city contract, but it says the city's increasing recycling load would force it to move to a bigger facility if the contract is renewed.
Noise Found to be Most Prominent Pollution in Prague (Oct. 29, 1997). CTK National News Wire reports that forty percent of the Prague, Czechoslovakia, population is exposed to noise levels exceeding 65 decibels during the day, compared to between 20 and 30 percent in other large towns in the Czech Republic, according to an Environment Ministry report submitted to cabinet and released to the press today. The report, which covers the year 1996, says that most noise pollution is caused by road traffic.
Minnesota Noise Wall Divides Residents (Oct. 28, 1997). The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota, reports that West Richfield residents will lose their view of Woodlake Nature Center in order to block the noise from Interstate Hwy. 35W.
The International Union of Railway's Action Plan Includes Quieter Passenger Trains (Oct. 28, 1997). M2 Presswire published a press release from The International Union of Railway (UIC) announcing its Action Plan for the 21st Century in Europe. The UIC plans to focus on increasing freight business and satisfying its rail passengers with lower noise levels among other accommodations.
California Residents Complain of Noise and Congestion from Trucks (Oct. 27, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles, California, reports that commuters who travel Highway 118 complain about trucks slowing rush-hour traffic to a crawl, while residents and business owners from Moorpark complain about the noise from ''jake brakes'' used to slow the big rigs.
National Parks Chief in Thailand Bans Motor Rally From Nature Reserve (Oct. 26, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that according to newspapers on Sunday, Chamni Saisuthiwong, chief of the Mae Wong National Park in Thailand, banned a fleet of off-road vehicles from entering the wilderness core of the nature reserve on Saturday. The 127 vehicles in the "Caravan" motor rally were stopped from traveling along a 28-kilometer (17-mile) dirt track inside the park. According to the English-language daily, The Nation, local environmentalists had complained that the loud noise and music from the car rally would frighten the park's wildlife.
Pennsylvania Should Build Sound Barrier for Residents, Says Representative Murphy (Oct. 26, 1997). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reports that Democratic state representative Tim Murphy said that the state of Pennsylvania should pay $750,000 for a sound barrier to keep noise from Interstate 279 away from 22 houses in Green Tree.
California Schools Win Court Case Against Development Plan Due to Noise and Air Pollution Impacts (Oct. 25, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that California's Second District Court of Appeal invalidated a plan Friday that would allow the Warner Center in Woodland Hills, California to double its commercial and office space. The court found that the city failed to adequately address noise and air pollution impacts on nearby schools.
Car Companies Develop Electric Cars that Use Gasoline (Oct. 25, 1997). CNN reports that car companies are developing a technology in which electric cars can run on gasoline. The technology would allow vehicle owners to gas up at gas stations, but their cars would emit less pollution, no noise, and would get better mileage. In related news, Honda announced this week that it has developed a new, ultra-clean gas engine that will make electric cars unnecessary.
Residents in California Town Are Angry About Constant Train Horns (Oct. 24, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that residents in Colton, California are increasingly complaining about the train whistles from the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads, which pass through the town near Sixth and Eighth streets. The mayor has asked the railroad companies to find ways to quiet the whistles.
California Residents Are Up in Arms Over Proposed Truck Storage Area in Their Neighborhood (Oct. 23, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that residents in the Virginia Colony neighborhood of Moorpark, California say that a proposed truck storage lot near their homes is intolerable because of existing noisy industries and highways already nearby.
New Jersey Residents Sue Landfill Company over Noise and other Forms of Pollution (Oct. 23, 1997). The Solid Waste Report tells about a class-action suit brought against a Waste Management Inc. (WMI) landfill in Tullytown, Pennsylvania. According to papers filed, bird droppings, dust and noise that have made miserable the lives of New Jersey residents who live downwind from the company.
Re-routing Highway through Park Divides Minnesota Candidates; Noise an Issue (Oct. 23, 1997). The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota, reports that in the renewed debate over the impact of routing Highway 55 at Minnehaha Park, the potential casualties are many, city politicians as well as alleged quality of life issues including noise
Road Extension in Kentucky Town Leaves Some Residents Unhappy (Oct. 22, 1997). The Courier-Journal reports that about 70 people went to the Okolona, Kentucky fire station last week to examine the final design plan for the road extension to Jefferson Boulevard. Although there was widespread opposition to the extension earlier, many residents seem to have accepted the plan, the article says. However, some residents still oppose the extension. Meanwhile, officials from the Jefferson County Public Works Department said hearings will be held to explore the types of noise barriers that could be erected between the road extension and the residential areas.
Two California Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Block Golf Course and Amphitheater (Oct. 21, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Environmental Defense Center and the California Native Plant Society have filed a lawsuit against the Ventura County, California to stop a golf course and a 16,000-seat amphitheater from being built at the 320-acre Camarillo Regional Park. Members of the group believe the environmental study of the project's impacts is inadequate and doesn't fully address the problems the project would cause related to air quality, noise, traffic, wetlands, and biological habitat.
Local Garbage and Recycling Experiment in Canada Developed to Reduce Costs and Noise (Oct. 20, 1997). The Ottawa Citizen reports that a west-end neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada has developed a neighborhood experiment in which residents place all their garbage on one side of the street and all their recycling on the other side of the street in an attempt to reduce the number of truck trips through their neighborhood. The citizens say their project will save money and reduce noise and truck exhaust.
Idling Trains in Chicago Suburbs Disturb Residents (Oct. 19, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that idling freight trains in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, Illinois have been disturbing nearby residents, who are annoyed at the fumes and noise from the trains. After meeting with administrators from the two suburbs, Union Pacific Railroad officials said they will consider moving the idling trains away from residential areas.
Village Councilor in Florida Criticizes Plan for High-Speed Railroad Between Orlando and Miami (Oct. 19, 1997). The Jupiter Courier printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Alexander Cameron, a Tequesta, Florida Village Councilor, who criticizes a proposed plan for a high-speed train between Orlando and Miami:
One-Third of Traffic Police in Bangkok Have Hearing Problems (Oct. 18, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that according to Saturday's Nation paper, nearly one-third of all traffic police in Bangkok, Thailand have hearing problems because of their continuous exposure to noise levels above 70 decibels. The percentage of officers with hearing problems increases the longer they have been with the force, said Monthip Srirattana, director of the Science Ministry's environmental research and training center. All of the officers who have held their jobs for more than ten years have hearing problems, Monthip noted. The article notes that the Science Ministry will join with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to create stricter noise control laws and extend "no- noise zones" to deal with the problem, according to Monthip.
Czech Recycled Noise Barrier Manufacturer Secures Contracts with Sweden, Possibly Germany (Oct. 17, 1997). CTK Business News Wire reports that Bohemiaelast, a Czech producer of noise barriers made from recycled tires, has secured contracts with Sweden and currently is holding talks with the German area of Saxony, according to Zdenek Bohdanecky of Bohemiaelast.
New Jersey Residents Oppose Construction of Supermarket and Accompanying Sound Wall (Oct. 17, 1997). The Asbury Park Press reports that the Planning Board in Shrewsbury, New Jersey postponed a decision on a proposal to build a 58,000-square-foot Edwards supermarket off Newman Springs Road till November 6. At a meeting Wednesday night, residents who live near the proposed site continued to protest the plan, the article says, and have hired a lawyer to help them fight the proposal. Residents object both to the presence of a supermarket and to a 14-foot sound barrier the developer has proposed building to cut down on noise from the supermarket.
Sound Barrier Prevents Deadly Wreck in Maryland (Oct. 17, 1997). The Baltimore Sun printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Ada Schultz, a Towson, Maryland resident, regarding a noise barrier in her neighborhood that helped stop a truck accident from causing widespread damage in the neighborhood:
Grain Elevator Near Illinois Homes Causes Many Noise and Air Pollution Problems (Oct. 16, 1997). The Pantagraph printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Dave Ellis, a rural Chenoa, Illinois resident, regarding the noise and air pollution caused by a grain elevator near his home:
Residents Complain About Increased Noise from Commuter Train in Massachusetts (Oct. 15, 1997). The Patriot Ledger reports that a meeting was held yesterday in Braintree, Massachusetts commuter-train station between residents, elected officials, and representatives from the MBTA to discuss the noise problems produced by Red Line and Old Colony trains. The meeting was arranged by State Representative Joseph Sullivan (D-Braintree), who is chair of the House Transportation Committee, and was held at the station platform so MBTA officials could hear the noise produced. Residents of Hawthorne Place condominiums, Georganna Street, and French Avenue complained that the new commuter trains are adding to noise already caused by the Red Line and freight trains.
Noise Wall Delay Makes Florida Residents Angry (Oct. 3, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents in Sunrise, Florida who along Flamingo Road and Northwest 136th Avenue attended a City Commission meeting last week to complain about the lack of action in getting an 8-foot noise barrier built to protect their homes from traffic noise and dust. The project has been in the works for more than a year, the article says, and it could be another eight months before the wall is built.
Motorcycle Coalition in Vancouver Wants to Help City Reduce Motorcycle Noise (Oct. 2, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports in its column "Traffic Jam" that recent articles about noisy motorcycles drew a letter from the British Columbia Coalition of Motorcycles, a group that says it is "lobbying for responsible motorcycle legislation." Coalition members said in the letter that the group wants to work with the city on a proactive education campaign to reduce motorcycle noise.
Florida Residents Want to Hasten Delayed Noise Wall (Oct. 1, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reports it could be eight more months before Sunrise residents along Flamingo Road and Northwest 136th Avenue will see a wall shielding their homes from the grit and noise of traffic. Many are angry about the delay.
Maine Residents May Get Sound Barrier to Mask Traffic Noise Along Interstate Highway (Oct. 1, 1997). The Bangor Daily News reports that the chances of getting noise barriers for residents near Interstate 95's Broadway exit in Bangor, Maine may be improving. The residents' requests of state officials for relief from the rising noise levels have not been addressed, mostly due to a lack of funding, the article says. But a recent letter from the state Department of Transportation to a Bangor legislator said the outlook for federal funding has improved since the middle of September. State transportation officials had previously said federal funds likely could not be used for building a sound barrier, but now it appears the project is eligible for funding from the Federal Highway Administration. If all goes according to plan, the article says, a noise barrier for the Broadway exit could be installed next year or soon after.
Louisiana City Police Start Fining Owners of Car Alarms That Go Off Unnecessarily (Sep. 24, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that Kenner (Louisiana) Police Chief Nick Congemi this week started using the city's noise ordinance to curb the number of false car alarms his officers investigate. Officers now will give summons to any vehicle owner whose alarm has sounded for more than 15 minutes, unless criminal activity is suspected, the article says. The summons carries a maximum fine of $500, 60 days in jail, or both. Congemi's crackdown on car alarms comes after he proposed a bylaw to the City Council that would have fined vehicle owners $25 for false or faulty car alarms, but councillors didn't even discuss the proposal.
Motorcycle Noise in Vancouver Inspires Resident to Take Action (Sep. 22, 1997). The Vancouver Sun printed a column that discusses the response of one Vancouver (Canada) resident, Russell King, to noisy motorcycles on his street. King said he wants the noise laws enforced more stringently, and is going to start working with neighborhood groups to address this growing noise problem.
Road Covering Absorbs Traffic Noise in Britain (Sep. 19, 1997). The Northern Echo of England reports that for residents of Bishop Middleham, England, noisy traffic could be a thing of the past after a local quarry company helped pay for road safety measures, including paving the road with a covering called whispering bitumen, which absorbs traffic noise.
Long Island Town Rejects Expansion Plan for Shopping Center Due to Citizen Protests (Sep. 18, 1997). Newsday reports that the North Hempstead (New York) Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reject plans for expanding a shopping center on Port Washington Boulevard, near a residential area. The board voted after a public hearing that attracted more than 100 residents who opposed the expansion. Residents believed the project would increase traffic, congestion, and noise.
Boston's Big Dig Highway Project Spends Millions on Noise and Other Mitigation Costs (Sep. 17, 1997). The Washington Post reports that officials managing Boston's "Big Dig," a massive highway project to build an eight-lane highway under the downtown at a cost of nearly $11 billion, are spending about a quarter of the project money on mitigating the negative impacts of the project. Critics say Big Dig bosses give money to anyone who's smart enough to threaten a lawsuit. But the bosses say their approach simply illustrates the reality of undertaking a large public infrastructure project in the late 1990s. Their approach, the article says, is a combination of engineering, traffic management, eco-sensitivity, social work, and ward-heeling that could indicate how the U.S. will approach other road and bridge projects, which across the country need hundreds of billions of dollars worth of repair.
Freeway Noise Study in California Finds Noise Levels Don't Exceed Mandated Federal Levels (Sep. 16, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the San Juan Capistrano City Council will review a noise study along Interstate 5. Residents had complained about noise after highway changes were made, but the study shows that noise levels do not exceed federal limits. Since the levels are not exceeded, it is likely that no noise mitigation will be undertaken.
Ohio Residents Oppose Railroad Expansion That Would Triple the Number of Trains (Sep. 15, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Norfolk Southern Railroad and its competitor, CSX, have submitted a joint application to the federal Surface Transportation Board to purchase rail tracks from Conrail in the Lorain County, Ohio. If the purchase is approved, the article says, Norfolk Southern will increase the number of freight trains it runs through Lorain County en route between New York and Chicago from 13 per day to 24. Residents who live near the tracks in Avon Lake and local government officials are opposed to the idea of increasing train traffic for a variety of reasons, including increased noise and safety issues.
Air Force and Auto Exhaust Systems Supplier Undertake Joint Project to Evaluate Sound Qualities (Sep. 14, 1997). The Dayton Daily News reports that the Armstrong Lab at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Arvin Industries, a major supplier of auto exhaust systems, recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) to undertake a two-year research project to develop a computer program that can evaluate sound qualities. The article says that Arvin Industries wants better ways to evaluate sound quality in and around automobiles, while the Air Force is interested in evaluating the impact of air-base noises on surrounding communities. A CRDA is a way that federal labs make government technology for commercial uses, the article notes.
New Noise Regulations Drafted in Malaysia (Sep. 13, 1997). The New Straits Times reports that three sets of new noise regulations and a set of guidelines have been proposed by the Malaysian government to control the country's worsening noise pollution. The regulations and guidelines address a wide range of noises and vibrations, and currently are being reviewed by the government's DOE.
Transportation Plan for Northeastern Illinois Draws Criticism from Airport Opponents and Others (Sep. 11, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a public hearing was held in Des Plaines, Illinois Wednesday on the Chicago Area Planning Study, northeastern Illinois' transportation plan for 2020 recently released by CATS, the transportation authority. The hearing was dominated by calls for more data on the effects of a projected doubling of flights at O'Hare International Airport and for quieter trains, the article says.
Residents in Massachusetts Town Vote to Uphold Ban on Motorcycles on Frozen Ponds (Sep. 9, 1997). The Patriot Ledger reports that residents in Halifax, Massachusetts voted at last night's special town meeting to keep a ban on motorcycles on the town's frozen waterways. The ban originally was passed at the May town meeting as part of a new boating bylaw. But William Cafarelli had asked that the bylaw be amended to allow motorcycle use between 10 a.m. and dusk, the article says.
Canadian Judge Orders Federal Express Courier Depot to Stop Overnight Loading (Sep. 8, 1997). The Toronto Star reports that Federal Express Canada Inc. has been ordered by a judge to stop overnight loading operations at its courier depot in North Bay, Ontario, because the noise is keeping neighbors awake. Residents living near the depot took Federal Express to court for nighttime disturbance. Justice Michael Bolan of the Ontario Court, general division, last week gave Federal Express until November 1 to relocate its operations or stop loading and unloading trucks between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., the article says.
Cities Nationwide Enact Noise Control Ordinances (Sep. 7, 1997). The Telegraph Herald reports that cities across the country have recently passed noise ordinances targeting everything from car stereos, motorcycles, noisy night clubs, outdoor concerts, leafblowers, and ice cream trucks. The article goes on to provide a list of cities that recently have passed ordinances.
Noisy Ice Cream Trucks in New York are a Nuisance, Columnist Argues (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times printed an editorial in which the writer complains about the noise from ice cream trucks in New York City. The editorial discusses how it is virtually impossible to enforce the current rules regarding noise from the trucks
California City Officials Looking for Ways to Quiet Train Whistles (Sep. 6, 1997). The Press-Enterprise reports that city officials in Riverside, California are searching for ways to quiet loud train horns that are drawing more complaints from residents. Officials are considering making the city a "quiet zone" for trains, which would require approval from the federal government and funds to build new railroad crossings.
Montreal Neighborhood Will Get Noise Barriers (Sep. 4, 1997). The Gazette reports that residents living along Highway 25 on the east side of Montreal, Quebec will get noise barriers to reduce traffic noise pollution. The barriers will cost $11 million, and will be funded by the city and the provincial Transportation Department.
Noise Barrier is Extended in Florida to Protect Elementary School (Sep. 4, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Forest Park Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Florida will receive a noise barrier to protect it from noise pollution from Interstate 95. The Florida Department of Transportation reconsidered its earlier decision not to build the barrier behind the school.
California Cemetery Sues Transportation Authorities for Noise of Proposed Rail Extension (Sep. 2, 1997). The Recorder reports that the Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association in the San Francisco, California area has filed a lawsuit against BART (a rail transportation authority) and the San Mateo County Transit District at the San Mateo County Superior Court. The suit claims the transportation authorities violated the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to address ways to reduce or eliminate noise, vibrations, dust, landscaping scars, and architectural damage on the cemetery's property that borders BART's eight-mile planned extension to the San Francisco International Airport.
Maryland Council to Vote on Funding Noise Barriers Near Baltimore (Sep. 2, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that the County Council in Towson, Maryland, outside Baltimore, will vote tonight on whether to spend up to $2.3 million for noise barriers along a portion of Interstate 95 in Arbutus and the Beltway near Lutherville.
Canadian Police Say Noisy Motorcycles Are Hard to Measure (Aug. 26, 1997). The Vancouver Sun printed a question-and-answer column in which the question of why motorcycles are allowed to be so noisy is addressed. According to Staff Sergeant Garnet Salmond of the Vancouver (British Columbia) police traffic section, motorcycle noise is difficult to measure.
British Residents Fear Noise While Airport Promises Jobs (Aug. 19, 1997). The Northern Echo of England reports that plans are going forward at Teesside Airport to build one to the United Kingdom's biggest freight distribution centers. The warehouse has been at the center of a controversy in spite of its promise to create thousands of jobs. Nearby residents object to the likelihood of unrelenting road and air traffic as well as noise and air pollution.
More Noisy Streetcars to be Bought in San Francisco (Aug. 19, 1997). The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to allow San Francisco's Municipal Railway to buy 59 more Italian-built Breda streetcars, despite problems with the streetcars that include screeching noise and vibrations that shake houses.
Residents Near Baltimore Get Traffic Noise Barriers (Aug. 8, 1997). The Baltimore Sun reports that residents along the northeastern edge of Interstate 695 outside Baltimore, Maryland are getting 26-foot noise barriers this summer to protect them from traffic noise. The barriers eventually are intended to provide noise relief to 1,173 homes in seven communities at a cost of $44.2 million.
Study in Wisconsin Finds that Noise from Grooved Highway Pavement Can be Reduced (Aug. 8, 1997). M2 Presswire released a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that reports a new study has found that the whine caused by vehicles traveling over grooved highway pavement can be reduced by spacing the grooves or "tines" in a random pattern. The study was funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), and was conducted by Marquette University in cooperation with the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
New Hearing on Railroad Noise in Washington City Scheduled (Aug. 7, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that the City Council in Everett, Washington has scheduled a new public hearing to review a proposed ordinance that would limit noise from the "makeup yard" at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad yard. The public hearing is set for 7 pm on August 20 in order to accomodate citizens who couldn't attend a morning hearing yesterday.
Residents in Chicago Lobby for Noise Walls (Aug. 6, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports hundreds of residents along Chicago's tollways, including those in the Orchard Brook, Hoffman Estates, and Burr Ridge subdivisions, have petitioned the Illinois Toll Highway Authority to build noise barriers. Officials from the authority, however, are making no promises about building noise barriers, which they say are expensive.
City in New York Continues Campaign to Ban Nightly Truck Traffic on Residential Street (Aug. 4, 1997). The Capital District Business Review reports that the city of Watervliet, New York is continuing its campaign to ban most nightly truck traffic on 25th Street, a residential street that has provided access to the major routes into and out of the city for nearly a century. Previous ordinances have been implemented twice, but have been challenged successfully in court. Each time, the ordinance has been rewritten by the city to address problems arising from the court challenges. Now, the city council is considering whether to enact another rewritten ordinance, and is seeking public input at a public hearing on August 7.
Connecticut City Considers Restricting Ice Cream Truck Music After Resident Complaints (Jul. 30, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that about 40 residents who attended a neighborhood meeting Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut to talk about neighborhood problems agreed to propose that the city pass an ordinance that would prohibit ice cream truck vendors from selling their goods after 9 p.m. and would require vendors to reduce the noise level of their bells and songs. The meeting was sponsored by Hartford Areas Rally Together, the article says.
British Residents Campaign for Quiet Roads (Jul. 29, 1997). The Northern Echo of England reports that thousands of North-East families are faced with a summer noise nightmare due to road maintenance neglect. But financially strapped officials say they are battling just to keep the region's roads patched up, and they don't have any money over for "extras" like quiet materials, according to an AA report.
Indiana Man Enraged at Noisy Teen-Agers Charged for Firing a Gun (Jul. 29, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that a man in Greenwood, Indiana has been arrested for firing a .45-caliber handgun into the ground after becoming enraged that teen-agers were using a hydraulic system to bounce a car through his neighborhood. The man told sheriff's deputies that he "just snapped."
City in Washington May Lack Power to Control Noise from Rail Yard (Jul. 24, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that the Everett (Washington) City Council yesterday introduced an ordinance that would limit operations in the switching-yard of The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad near Everett Marina due to resident complaints about noise. The ordinance would forbid excessive noise between 10 pm and 7 am. However, federal laws protect railroads from local regulations due to constitutional restrictions on interfering with interstate commerce, leading to speculation that the city may not have the power to enforce its ordinance.
Residents Pressure Arizona City for Sound Wall and Get Positive Results (Jul. 18, 1997). The Arizona Republic reports that the city of Scottsdale, Arizona has agreed to begin work in September on a 10-foot wall to protect residents from traffic and construction noise from Goldwater Boulevard and the construction of the Scottsdale Waterfront Project, which includes a future shopping center. The residents have lobbied the city for a new wall for almost two years, and the city appropriated money for the project last year, but the project hadn't gone forward.
Los Angeles City Council Suggests Above-Ground Commuter Train as Alternative to Subway; Residents Worry About Noise Impact (Jul. 15, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee has been considering a subway line for the San Fernando Valley, but is now considering alternatives because some fear that they would never get enough funding for an underground system. Although above ground trains or trolleys would be cheaper, residents have promised to oppose them on the basis of noise, traffic, and pollution.
Neighborhood in New Jersey City Gets Noise Barriers; Some Residents Angry that the Barriers Don't Extend to Their Homes (Jul. 15, 1997). The Record reports that noise barriers are being built along Route 80 in West Paterson, New Jersey, in a project expected to be completed in June 1998. But at least one resident who lives just outside of the area where the noise barriers will stop, wants the state to extend noise barriers to her area.
Residents in Florida Neighborhood Want Relief from Traffic Noise; Officials Say Noise Barrier is Unlikely (Jul. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that residents in Oldsmar, Florida who live along the new State Road 580 want a noise barrier built to shield them from traffic noise. The new highway runs as close as 20 feet to some people's homes at the end of what were previously dead-end, wooded streets. Meanwhile, officials say a noise barrier would be too expensive for the neighborhood, but they are considering other options such as landscaping.
Wisconsin Village Approves Noise Ordinance to Address Noisy Vehicles (Jul. 3, 1997). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Village Board in Bayside, Wisconsin has approved an ordinance that allows police officers to issue disorderly conduct citations to motorists for any loud noise coming from a vehicle, including loud car stereos and peeling rubber when accelerating. According to the article, the ordinance was requested by Police Chief Bruce Resnick because officers currently have no enforcement power over such behavior. The article adds that the ordinance does not cover noise from motorcycles.
Residents Along Florida Interstate Get Three Miles of Noise Barriers; Landscaping Options Around Barriers are Explored (Jun. 28, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that about three miles of noise barriers are being erected in Jacksonville, Florida along sections of Interstate 95 as part of a project to widen the interstate by one lane on each side. The article goes on to outline how the areas surrounding the noise barriers will be or could be landscaped to mitigate their ugliness, and to report that many residents are already pleased with the outcome of the reduced traffic noise.
New Waterfall Along Waterfront in Washington City Designed to Muffle Traffic Noise (Jun. 25, 1997). The Seattle Times reports that an 11- foot-high, man-made waterfall and stream will be added to the waterfront area in Kirkland, Washington as part of a condominium development. The waterfall project will form a new park, and has been designed to muffle traffic noise.
Neighborhood Group and Local Illinois City Police Work Together to Enforce Anti-Noise Law (Jun. 24, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that an effort in Aurora, Illinois to enforce a noise ordinance directed at blaring stereos from vehicles has combined the forces of the Near West Side Neighborhood Association with community police officers. Under "Operation Boombox," as the effort is called, residents in the neighborhood group use two-way radios to notify nearby squad cars if they hear a blaring vehicle stereo, allowing police officers to arrive quickly at the scene and determine whether a violation has occurred. If so, officers can impound the vehicle, the article says.
Noise Pollution Increasing as a Health Issue; Noise Problems Continue to Surface in California (Jun. 23, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that noise pollution is increasingly seen as a health issue by physicians and experts. The article also reports that around California's San Fernando Valley, noise issues continue to surface, and residents continue to complain about noise problems. Finally, the article presents a list of various decibel levels, and common noises associated with each level.
Florida City Buys Land Parcel to Buffer Homeowners from Traffic Noise (Jun. 22, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the City Commission in Deerfield Beach, Florida has agreed to puchase a two-acre parcel of land for $250,000 to buffer homeowners from noise and traffic along Southwest 10th Street. The agreement came after years of complaints about traffic noise from residents in the Waterford Homes subdivision, and lobbying by City Commissioner Kathy Shaddow. The new parcel borders the Waterford City Park and will be added to the park, the article says.
Ford Tests its New Cars for Squeaks and Rattles (Jun. 22, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that in its most recent pre-production review of the 1996 Taurus, Ford tested every car that came off the line for squeaks, rattles, and other noises. Ford's "squeak-and-rattle team" was made up of two engineers, two Ford College Graduate Program trainees, and two assembly plant workers, and their goal was to make every car completely silent.
Florida City Outlaws Ice Cream Truck Noise (Jun. 20, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports in an editorial that noise from ice cream trucks is against the law in Boca Raton, Florida. The editorial writer goes on to lament that ice cream trucks have had their friendly bells and music taken away, and to say that silent ice cream trucks are ridiculous.
Noise Pollution is Everywhere (Jun. 20, 1997). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports in an editorial that an average day is a day of "audio assault," whether you live in the city or the country. The editorial writer discusses some of the noises that constitute "outrageous invasions," and cause stress, fright, heart disease, and violence.
Missouri Transportation Department Decides to Test Noise Levels on Interstate (Jun. 19, 1997). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation is planning to conduct noise-level testing along the eastern side of Interstate 270 between St. John's Mercy Medical Center and DeSmet High School in Creve Coeur, to determine whether a sound wall should be built between the highway and neighboring homes. The agency decided to undertake the testing after receiving a letter from Sen. Betty Sims (R-Ladue) requesting the test on behalf of her constituents.
Maryland Governor Announces Bigger Budgets and Looser Rules for Highway Sound Barriers (Jun. 17, 1997). The Washington Post reports that Maryland Governor Parris Glendening announced yesterday that the state will provide bigger budgets and looser rules for building noise barriers along highways. The governor's action was prompted by complaints from residents in noisy neighborhoods near highways.
Pennsylvania Resident Complains About Highway Noise (Jun. 17, 1997). The Morning Call printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Robin Serfass, a South Whitehall Township resident, about traffic noise along Route 22:
Bangkok Residents Experience High Levels of Noise Pollution; Noise Barriers Reduce Some Traffic Noise (Jun. 16, 1997). The Bangkok Post reports that in Bangkok (Thailand), where traffic jams are part of daily life, it is hard to escape noise pollution. And for people living near the expressway, escape is impossible, the article says. The article goes on to discuss where noise barriers have been built in the city, and what types are most effective.
Barriers Improve Noise Levels on Kansas Interstate, But Some Residents Don't Like the Walls (Jun. 16, 1997). The Kansas City Star reports that one year after the Kansas Department of Transportation built the state's first noise barriers on Interstate 435 near Kansas City, many residents living near the Interstate say that noise levels are much improved. Other residents, however, believe the walls are ugly and not that effective.
Massachusetts City Considers Detailed Noise Ordinance (Jun. 16, 1997). The Telegram & Gazette reports that the General Government Subcommittee in Southbridge, Massachusetts will review a proposed bylaw tonight designed to prohibit unlawful noise which "annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any reasonable person, of normal sensitivity, residing in the area." The Town Council must hold three readings on the noise bylaw before voting on its acceptance, the article says.
Los Angeles Agrees to Undertake Freeway Noise Study (Jun. 13, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles City Council will study noise levels at the Capistrano Garden Homes housing complex in Las Brisas. The study will cost $15,000. Residents have complained for at least six months, after sound walls built as part of an Interstate 5 widening project did not help lower noise.
Engineers Design Massachusetts Hospital Over Train Tracks (Jun. 9, 1997). The Engineering News-Record reports that a project is underway to build $232-million, 730,000-sq-ft medical center in Worcester, Massachusetts on top of rail tracks. The article reports that engineers have coped with the problem by designing ways for the noise and vibrations to be absorbed, so that patients, operations, and sensitive equipment are protected. The article goes on to outline the engineering details of the project.
Calgary Should Crack Down on Noisy Motocycles (Jun. 8, 1997). The Calgary Herald printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Calgary, Alberta resident Thuy Nguyen regarding noise from motorcycles:
Florida Ice Cream Man Arrested for Noise Violation (Jun. 7, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Boca Raton, Florida busted ice cream vendor Brian Calvert on May 30 for failing to have a permit to sell ice cream in the city, and playing music to draw customers, thereby violating the city noise ordinance.
Virginia Road May Get Noise Barriers During Road Widening (Jun. 4, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that part of the Kempsville Road that links Virginia Beach, Virginia to Chesapeake is set to be widened from two lanes to six lanes, and noise barriers to protect residential neighborhoods from the increased traffic noise likely will accompany the project.
New Cleveland Freeway to Get Noise Barriers (May 31, 1997). The Plain Dealer reports that the Jennings Freeway, which is being built in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, will be accompanied by noise barriers to protect residential neighborhoods from traffic noise. The 2.7-mile, six-land freeway will link Interstates 71 and 480. Some residents are happy about the noise barriers, while other worry that the barriers will be ugly and that grafitti artists will make them uglier. The Ohio Department of Transportation gathered public input about the type of noise barriers residents want Thursday, and will forward the comments to the Cleveland City Council, which has the final decision on the type of noise barriers the city gets.
Vancouver City Council Passes Noise Ordinance (May 28, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Vancouver City Council Tuesday adopted a noise ordinance that will crack down on everything from motorcycles to weed-eaters in an effort to make big-city life more civilized. In a somewhat related move, the council also voted to put a halt to further major road construction in Vancouver and provide funding for more buses, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians, an action with benefits to traffic noise levels.
Connecticut Town Studies the Need for a Noise Ordinance (May 26, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that the Plainville (Connecticut) Town Council is considering adopting a noise ordinance after hearing resident complaints about noise from tractor trailers.
Vancouver Task Force Presents Recommendations on Urban Noise (May 22, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Vancouver (British Columbia) Urban Noise Task Force, a residents' committee, recently presented the city with a list of 165 recommendations to lessen urban noise. The article prints excerpts from the report, which includes recommendations with respect to harbor air traffic, transportation noise, and watercraft noise.
Missouri Residents Oppose Reactivation of Railroad Tracks in Their Neighborhood (May 16, 1997). The Kansas City Star reports that the Union Pacific Railroad announced that it is planning to sell train tracks that run through Lee's Summit, Missouri to General Railway Corp., which plans to run trains from St. Louis to Kansas City. Residents in the eight subdivisions near the train tracks are frightened that the trains will bring noise and safety problems and drops in property values.
Costa Mesa Bans Truck Vendors From Using Noise Devices To Attract Customers (May 15, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that on May 5, Costa Mesa (California) officials passed an ordinance that bans the use of horns -- and other attention-getting devices -- from being used by truck vendors for non-driving purposes. The city wants to quiet neighborhoods where residents have complained about noise from truck vendors selling ice cream, produce, and other products. City officials say that some trucks drive by the same area every ten minutes.
Northern New Jersey Sound Barrier To Be Built Next To Major Highway (May 15, 1997). The Record reports a one-mile sound barrier will be built along Route 80 in Paterson, New Jersey to make life quieter for residents adjacent to the major highway. According to John Dourgarian from the state Department of Transportation, the sound barrier will consist of three walls, 14 to 24 feet high, and will cost the state $4.2 million. The barrier should be complete by June 1998.
Residents and Task Force in Vancouver Make Recommendations About Noise Regulations (May 15, 1997). The Vancouver (British Columbia) Sun reports that Vancouver's Urban Noise Task Force, a 10-member committee formed by the city council in March 1996 to recommend solutions to urban noise problems, has come up with a report of 165 recommendations to reduce noise. In addition, Tuesday night members of the public were invited to comment on the city's noise problems. Citizens spoke out about problems ranging from motorcycles to street buskers, ambulance sirens to leaf blowers.
New Video Illustrates Effectiveness of Highway Noise Barriers (May 9, 1997). PR Newswire reports that a new video available from the National Audiovisual Center illustrates different types of highway noise barriers, their effectiveness, and other details.
Vending Trucks in California City Must Cut the Noise Under New Rules (May 8, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that on May 5, Costa Mesa (California) officials passed an ordinance that bans the use of horns -- and other attention-getting devices -- from being used by truck vendors for non-driving purposes. The city wants to quiet neighborhoods where residents have complained about noise from truck vendors selling ice cream, produce, and other products. City officials say that some trucks drive by the same area every ten minutes.
Michigan City Wins Fight for Noise Barrier Along Interstate (May 6, 1997). The Detroit News reports that after a 10-year fight, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will extend a sound barrier wall on the north side of I-696 from Franklin Road to just short of Inkster Road in Southfield, Michigan. The decision comes after about 250 residents fought to have the noise barrier in their neighborhoods.
Noise Impact Study Delays Massive Highway Project in Louisiana (May 3, 1997). The Times-Picayune reports that a project to widen Interstate 10 around New Orleans and East Jefferson, Louisiana would require concrete walls as high as 30 feet to muffle traffic noise, according to a recent study. This news has sent state highway officials scrambling to revise their plans and has delayed the work on the project, the article says.
Japanese Rail Firms Agree to Take Steps to Cut Noise (May 1, 1997). The Daily Yomiuri reports that the operators of two railway lines connecting downtown Osaka, Japan and the Kansai International Airport have agreed to introduce noise-reduction measures this year, in response to complaints about increased noise.
Houston Neighborhoods And Representatives Push For Sound Barrier (Apr. 30, 1997). The Houston Chronicle reports that if a new bill is approved by House members, the state will build a sound barrier to protect neighborhoods from Loop 610 traffic. The Department of Transportation would be forced to build the barrier between the Loop and the Pleasantville and Shepherd Forest subdivisions. The Department of Transportation builds sound barriers along new or expanded highways, but older neighborhoods like the two mentioned above get ignored while noise levels increase around them. If the bill is approved it will go to the Senate.
Suburban Consumerism Brings Noisy Trucks To Quiet Neighborhoods (Apr. 30, 1997). NBC News reports that the federal government states the number of trucks driving through the streets of cities and towns has increased twice as fast as the number of trucks using interstate highways over the past ten years. The economic growth of superstores and malls in suburban neighborhoods, and the move of manufacturing plants and distribution centers into smaller neighborhoods, are creating noise pollution and costing local governments $3.3 billion in street repair. 80% of what consumers want, including food and clothing, are brought by truck.
Noisy New York Car Alarms May Become Illegal To Sell Or Buy (Apr. 28, 1997). Newsday reports that City Councilmen Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn) and A. Gifford Miller (Manhattan) have proposed a bill that would declare the sale or installation of noisy car alarms in the city to be illegal. Under the new legislation, cars that are built with alarms in the factory would still be permitted however. Miller states he wishes he could ban all audible alarms, but that would prove an unconstitutional action against interstate commerce. If the law is passed, first violations by installers or sellers will cost them $500 to $1,000, second violations will cost $1,000 to $2,500, and subsequent violations up to $5,000.
Long Island, New York Expressway Sound Barriers Visually Displeasing (Apr. 27, 1997). The New York Times reports that the beauty that brought many people to Long Island is being marred by sound barrier walls that have risen along the expressway.
Noise Limits for Automobiles May Have Little Effect (Apr. 24, 1997). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that limitations proposed by the Environment Agency to impose decibel limits on cars may have little noticeable impact on noise levels.
Singaporeans Modify Motorcycles to Sound More Powerful, But Pass Annual Noise Inspections (Apr. 21, 1997). The Singapore Straits Times reports that motorcycles that have been modified to make more noise are an increasing problem in Singapore. Last year, 418 motorcyclists were booked for modifying their exhaust systems illegally, the article reports. Motorcycle shops commonly make the modifications for the bikers. Meanwhile, motorcycle owners modify their bikes back to their original, quieter condition each year when the bikes must pass inspection.
Canadian Officials Consider Placing Highway Through a Vancouver Park Underground (Apr. 12, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that Canadian officials are considering placing a highway that runs through Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia underground to lower noise levels and reduce air pollution in the park.
Construction Noise from Road Widening Project Bothers Some Residents in Tulsa (Apr. 9, 1997). The Tulsa World reports that the construction project to widen the 71st Street corridor in Tulsa, Oklahoma is causing noise and traffic problems for many residents.
Nevada City Seeks Funds for Sound Barriers (Feb. 21, 1997). The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that city officials from Henderson, Nevada made a pitch Thursday to the Legislature for $30 million for sound barriers along U.S. Highway 515, but a state transportation official said the project is too costly.
Koala Bears Consume Sound Buffer in Los Angeles Neighborhood (Feb. 7, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that eucalyptus trees -- which provide a noise and pollution buffer between a major road and residents residents in Los Angeles -- will be cut by the Los Angeles Zoo, who owns the trees. The cut -- which will provide eucalyptus leaves for five koalas and encourage new growth -- was opposed by neighbors, one of which stood in front of the chainsaws to try and stop the zoo from cutting anymore than the 230 they have already cut.
Noise Pollution is a Hazard for Home Owners (Dec.1 1996). Redbook Magazine reports that as America's suburbs expand, so do the number of problems for homeowners. In this article, Art Levine tells "why more and more home owners are stuck in houses they can't sell—and how not to be one of them." Levine's article deals with a host of homeowner problems from environmental dangers to unforeseen development that results in noise problems. Highlighted in the extensive article is one family's problems with airport noise in Denver, Colorado, as well as two cases of homeowners in New Jersey and in Texas who are faced with noise from new highways.
California City Votes to Ban Fast Food Drive-Through Windows at Night (Nov. 28, 1996). The Santa Monica City Council prohibited drive-up windows at restaurants from operating at night, after residents complained about noise and traffic from patrons. The rule would only apply in residential areas.
California Residents Worry About Noise Effects of New Tollway (Nov. 18, 1996). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letter from Jeffrey and Linda Kaufman, residents of Irvine, California:
Effects on Wildlife/Animals
Home Equipment and Appliances
Land Use and Noise
Civil Liberty Issues
Miscellaneous Noise Stories
Noise Organizations Mentioned
Noise in Our National Parks/Natural Areas
Residential and Community Noise
Snowmobile and ATV Noise
Research and Studies
Technological Solutions to Noise
Violence and Noise