2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Conference Report)

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Noise Abatement Research (language only)

Item 442 #1c

Item 442 #1c

Transportation, Department of

Page 467, after line 17, insert:
"C.  From funding appropriated in this item for the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), the VTRC, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, shall design and implement a highway noise reduction experiment at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute facilities in Blacksburg which utilizes dense conifers as the noise barrier and privacy screen portion of the experiment.  Additionally, a short section of test roadway will be paved with new reduced noise asphalt to determine its efficacy and utility in reducing roadway noise.  The Virginia Tech Forestry and Engineering Departments will provide assistance where appropriate."

(This amendment directs the Virginia Transportation Research Council to undertake a study of the efficacy of dense trees as an alternative to reduce roadway noise.)