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Policy Implications Panel Discussion

VIEWS: 8 PAGES: 25

									  Status of Current
FHWA Noise Activities


                               Mark Ferroni
                         Noise Team Leader


2006 Summer Meeting
Williamsburg, Virginia                    1
STEP
   Surface Transportation Environment
    and Planning Cooperative Research
    Program (STEP)
    – SAFETEA-LU, Section 5207
    – Improve understanding of the complex
      relationship between surface
      transportation, planning, and environment
    – Follow research and technology (R&T)
      priorities to be established in the DOT R&D
      Strategic Plan
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    – Include stakeholder outreach
STEP Funding
 $16.875 M/year from FY06–09 authorized
 Due to over designation, obligation
  limitations and rescissions, approximately
  $11.7 M/year will be available
 FY2006 funding is approx. 39.2% less
  than average of Planning & Environment
  R&T funding for FY03-05
 FY07 STEP Funding for Noise may be
  $200K, which is 75% less than average
  Noise R&T funding for FY03-05
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STEP Challenges
   50% match required for
    grants/cooperative agreements
   Must encompass existing national
    mandates, mandated studies and
    projects
   FY 2006 – FY 2009 Source of funding
    for all FHWA Planning and
    Environment research
   Supports research that impacts a
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    broad array of stakeholders
STEP Implementation Activities
   FHWA is administering the STEP,
    within framework of DOT R&D Strategic
    Plan
    – Draft Implementation Strategy
    – Federal Register Notice to solicit
      comments
    – Meetings with major stakeholder groups
      and Federal agency partners
   STEP website:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/index.
    htm
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STEP/Noise: Goals
   Provide technical knowledge to State DOTs
    for determining highway traffic noise impacts;
   Continue to develop the FHWA TNM to
    ensure that it is functional in today’s changing
    technology;
   Determine if additional unknown variables can
    be incorporated into the FHWA TNM, such as
    atmospheric effects, pavements;
   Continue to explore the various components
    of quieter pavements;
   Determine how NCLUP can be implemented
    to avoid noise impacts.                        6
STEP/Noise: Potential Research
   Development of the FHWA TNM Version 3.0;
   TNM’s ability to adjust for different pavement
    types within the noise analysis process;
   Develop standard measurement methods for
    effects of pavement on noise;
   Additional research and management of the
    quieter pavement program to assess the use
    of quieter pavements as a noise
    prevention/abatement tool;
   Cost comparison between noise barriers and
    quieter pavements.                           7
STEP 2006 Timeline
   July
    – Issue Federal Register Notice to acknowledge
      comments on STEP Implementation Strategy
    – Solicit suggestions for the lines of research that
      should be pursued within emphasis areas
   July/August
    – Continue Outreach
   September/October
    – Announce FY06/07 STEP Research Plan
    – Post on STEP website
   Fall 2006
    – Implement STEP FY06/07 Research Plan                 8
STEP/Noise: Timeline

 NEED STAKEHOLDER
  FEEDBACK BY END OF
  AUGUST 2006!
 FEEDBACK VIA FORMS,
  EMAIL, LETTER, ETC..
 STEP WEBSITE:
    www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step   9
Stakeholder Outreach
STEP Web-based feedback mechanism – draft feedback form




               Tell us more about
        potential lines of research
          for this emphasis area:
                        (500 words max.)




          Tell us about current or
         planned research in this
                  emphasis area:
                        (500 words max.)




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What Does All This Mean For the
FHWA Noise Program?
   Less funds, means we can do less, and
    contribute to less, with inability to fund
    some research
   Current initiatives will slow down:
    – TNM v3.0 development
    – Quieter Pavements
   Engage in more pooled fund studies

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Pooled Fund #1114:
FHWA TNM v3.0 & Training
   FHWA TNM v3.0 Development
    –   Enhance the graphical user interface (GUI)
    –   Correct known software bugs
    –   Enhance functionality


   FHWA TNM Training
    –   Development of a NHI, web-based training course



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Pooled Fund:
FHWA TNM v3.0 Scope
   Suggested improvements can be found in the
    Documents section
   The Design Review Group (DRG) will work with the
    FHWA to identify and help prioritize additional
    software enhancements
   TRB ADC40 committee, will also be solicited for input
   Pavement noise effects may be added at a future
    date
   Comprehensive status reports at the two annual
    ADC40 meeting
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Pooled Fund: TNM
Web-Based Training Scope
   The DRG will be solicited to determine the:
    –   basic structure,
    –   duration
    –   key points to be included


   The DRG will be provided updates on the
    development of the course and be asked to
    submit comments on its content.

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TNM Pooled Fund: Cost
   TNM v3.0 Software Development:
    –   Minimum funds needed: $200,000
        •   This would not allow for the completion of v3.0, but would
            allow for activities to begin
    –   Minimum contribution/participant: $30,000
        •   This would allow for travel costs for one individual to
            participate in the two DRG meetings a year, of this 3 year
            activity.
   FHWA TNM Web-based Training:
    –   Minimum funds needed: $100,000
        •   There is no minimum contribution per State DOT for this
            activity.
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TPF-5(135): Tire/Pavement
Noise Research Consortium
 Contributors: FHWA, KS, MT, TX, WA
 The objectives:
   - Provide a forum for states to discuss
   tire/pavement noise issues and develop a
   proposed research plan.
    - Pool resources and efforts of multiple state
   agencies and industry to perform
   tire/pavement noise research in a similar
   manner (avoiding duplication) and sharing of
   data.                                        16
Pooled Fund: Tire/Pavement
Noise Research Consortium
   Provide a forum
   Synthesis of global practice for decreasing
    tire/pavement noise;
   Synthesis on the cost/benefits of using low-noise
    pavements;
   Produce a document for general public information
    regarding noise reduction;
   Provide a baseline for quieter pavement discussion
    (definitions, list of acronyms);
   Best practices in measuring and evaluating noise
    benefits and decreases over the wearing life of the
    roadway surface.                                   17
2006 Tire/Pavement Noise
Strategic Planning Workshop
   Attendees
   Gaps
    – Construction guidelines and best
      practices
    – Durability of the noise reduction
    – Cost/Benefits of Quiet Pavement
    – Standard tire for OBSI
    – Public Involvement Materials
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Tire/Pavement Noise
Initiatives
   Quieter Pavement Research
    – CA, CO, FL, MO, TX, WA, NV, NJ
   Louder Pavement Research
    – OH
   Tire/Pavement Noise Clearinghouse
   Tire/Pavement Noise 101 Workshop


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Tire/Pavement Noise
Initiatives, cont.
   Expert Task Group for Tire/Pavement
    Noise
   NCHRP:
    – 1-44:Measuring Tire-Pavement Noise at the
      Source
    – 8-56:Truck Source Mapping
    – 10-67: Texturing of Concrete Pavements

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Revisions to Policy Paper

   Internal Review Only

   Changes:
    –   Update with information since 1995
    –   Reorganize
    –   Separate policy from guidance
    –   Additional information on pavements
    –   $15K-$50K range adjusted for inflation

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NHI Course 142051:
Highway Traffic Noise
   Lessons currently in the process of being
    finalized

   Available for delivery by beginning of Fall
    2006

   ISIS will be available for purchase
    –   Demo CDs
    –   Price Sheet
    –   Contact information
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Noise Compatible Land Use
Planning Workshops
   Proceeding document
   Curriculum (4 Lessons)
    – Discussion of Roadway Noise and FHWA
      Guidelines
    – Overview of NCLUP
    – Physical Response Techniques
    – Policy and Administrative Strategies

   Videos (individual and compiled)     23
Construction Noise

   Roadway Construction Noise Model
    –   www.rcnm.us


   FHWA Highway Construction Noise
    Handbook




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Recently Posted Reports
   2002-2004 Noise Barrier Inventory
    –   Summary of Noise Barriers Constructed by
        December 31, 2004
    –   Highway Traffic Noise Barrier Construction
        Trends
    –   Highway Traffic Noise Barrier Materials and Cost
        By State

   Highway Traffic Noise in the United States:
    Problem and Response
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