Primer on Noise

Report No: 71-R20

Published in 1972

About the report:

This primer was directed to the district and resident engineers of the Virginia Department of Highways, who are responsible for conducting highway public hearings, and to the environmental specialists of the Department's Environmental Quality Division, who are responsible for the Department's work in noise pollution. The purpose of the primer was to provide these persons a source of information on noise that would help them in dealing with the public on this subject. The primer comprises a list of definitions, a section containing facts and data that should help in answering some of the more commonly asked questions, and a description of a method for measuring the sound pressure levels generated on highways.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • David F. Noble

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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