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Traffic Noise Study

Background

The City is undertaking a Traffic Noise Study, along arterial and collector roads, throughout St. Albert. The study will monitor existing noise levels and gather background data that will be used to assess traffic noise impacts, and if there is a need to change current noise policies or engineering standards. Results may be used to assess options for noise reduction and identify priority areas.

Current City Noise Standards and Policies:

  • Technical Municipal Engineering Standards, subsection 3.9, provides direction for mitigation of noise levels above 65 dBA over a 24-hour period in proposed residential developments.
  • Noise Bylaw 31/2006 – applies to noises that are intermittent, unusual or unique in nature. Includes items such as noisy neighbours, construction work, or outdoor public-address systems.

Work to be Completed

The City hired a consultant, GHD Limited, to conduct noise monitoring for this study. Noise monitoring equipment was placed at set distances from roadways and residential properties throughout St. Albert. Forty-eight locations were selected throughout the city and noise levels were monitored for a 24-hour period. 

Noise monitoring has been completed. The consultant is compiling the results and preparing a final report, expected to be completed in fall 2018. 

Map of noise-monitoring locations

Timeline

  • March 27, 2018 – Information Session
  • April 30, 2018 – Deadline for signed Access Agreements from participating residents
  • May 28 to June 29, 2018 – Data Collection
  • Fall 2018 – Final Report

Last edited: October 25, 2018

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