TxDOT Sound Barrier in Dallas
For anyone living in a densely populated urban area located next to a big highway moving lots of cars, they will testify to the amount of noise the roadways can generate. It significantly impacts the surrounding neighborhoods, and adversely affects their quality of life. Such was the case in the Dallas neighborhood of Edgefield off of I-30. Several years ago, the roadway was expanded to handle higher volumes of traffic, and with it increased noise.
Responding to input from area residents, TxDOT decided to construct a sound barrier to help minimize the roadway noise. They tapped researchers at CTR to help design and analyze the barrier.
The project is still in progress, but
as this video demonstrates, it has already improved life for nearby residents.