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Noise Management

What are you doing to reduce noise from the project?

As much work as possible is done during the day in order to reduce night time noise.  Some very noisy work, such as pile driving, is required to be done during the day.

In addition, where possible, noise screens are erected to block the noise coming from construction work and help reduce effects of noise from growth in traffic over time as our population and employment continue to grow.

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In a project of this size and scope we must balance the needs of residents and businesses adjacent to the construction work with the needs of the traveling public. In some cases this means operating through the night to avoid lane closures during peak travel times.

Most of the work that involves more noise takes place during the day. For instance, the design-build contract stipulates that all pile driving work must occur between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to help minimize the disruptions from noise.

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What actions will the contractor take to mitigate construction noise?

Noise impacts from temporary construction activities can be effectively mitigated through:

  • Timing of work;

  • Regular maintenance of construction equipment, including mufflers; and

  • Working with communities to address noise issues as they arise.

If you have a noise concern, please contact the PMH1 Project team by email (info@pmh1project.com) or by phone: 1-866-999-PMH1 (7641).

If you are expanding capacity on the highway does that mean that it will be noisier once the project is complete?

We do not expect that there will be more traffic noise in most areas of the corridor once the project is complete.

It is possible that some areas along the corridor will experience more noise because of changes in the highway configuration as, for example, lanes are shifted closer to adjacent homes or businesses. In these locations, noise mitigation is planned. For more information, please read our noise assessment reports and consultation materials.

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How do I get a noise wall or other noise mitigation for my home?

There must be evidence that noise will increase as result of the project and evidence that a noise wall or other mitigation measure will be effective before it will be considered.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has a noise policy, which calls for consideration of current and projected future noise levels, proximity to sensitive receptors such as schools and residences, effectiveness and cost in determining the location for potential noise mitigation measures.

Noise is monitored along the project and compared to baseline data collected before the project t began so that fact-based assessments can be made on the need and effectiveness of future noise walls.

When it comes to temporary impacts as a result of construction, noise is managed through measures such as timing of work and use of mufflers on equipment and noise screens, where appropriate.

Noise walls are long-term solutions used to address permanent noise ​reduction requirements.  It is not reasonable, or practical, to install walls for temporary noise problems.

The Project Team is meeting with area residents and businesses in affected area to discuss options for noise mitigation and other considerations such as landscaping. Since 2009, more than 10 local area consultations have been undertaken in regard to noise mitigation opportunities.

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Will I be compensated for vibrations or for changes to my property such as removal of trees?

In some areas the project is using what is known as vibration piling as an alternative to traditional pile driving. Vibration piling has the benefit of being much quieter than traditional pile driving; however, it can cause vibration of land in the immediate area.

Our contractor has conducted pre-construction surveys of the surrounding area and is also monitoring vibrations as work is taking place to ensure there is no danger to the surrounding area. Some people may feel a slight shaking sensation but the vibrations are kept to levels that do not affect structures. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Some tree removal is necessary as part of the project, however, the vast majority of tree removal is done so from Ministry rights of way and properties purchased for the project. Trees are not removed or properties altered without the permission of the property owner and without reaching an agreement ahead of time.

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