The Dutch Road Noise Mitigation Program

Invited paper

Nico Faber

AnteaGroup Consultancy

Monday 1 june, 2015, 16:40 - 17:00

0.7 Lisbon (47)

In July 2012 a new Law on Noise Pollution entered into force in the Netherlands. This Law contains three important elements of new Noise Legislation that deal with: • The prevention of unlimited growth of noise along Major Roads by introducing Noise Production Limits; • The promotion of source related noise measures; • The reduction of high noise levels caused by Major Roads on houses by taking noise mitigation measures. The first and second element deal with the prevention of new situations with high road noise levels after the introduction of the Law. The third element deals with situations that already experience too high noise levels from road noise along major roads in the Netherlands. As result of the third element the Dutch National Road Authority set up the Dutch Road Noise Mitigation Program with a total budget of 275 million Euros. This programs consists of 3 projects in which noise mitigation measures (noise reducing pavements, noise barriers, façade insulation of houses) are proposed along all Major Roads in The Netherlands. The program uses the Dutch Cost Benefit Analysis method to optimize the noise measures being taken. Also the program looks into the possibilities to apply innovative noise measures. The progress of the program will be presented and the first results of projects in Zeeland and Noord-Brabant are shown.

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