Traffic Noise Policy
The Thruway Authority (Authority) follows the Federal Procedure for Abatement of Highway Traffic and Construction Noise, 23 CFR 772, and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Noise Analysis Policy, which describe three different types of noise abatement projects. A Type I project is considered for the construction of a new highway, auxiliary lanes, interchanges and ramps, or substantial alteration to rest areas, toll facilities, or existing highway. A Type II project is a proposed highway project for noise abatement on an existing highway, commonly called a "retrofit" noise abatement project. The development and implementation of Type II highway noise abatement projects are not mandated by either Federal or State regulation. Type III projects are those projects which do not warrant a noise analysis or consideration of noise abatement such as construction of bicycle trail or pavement of a road surface.
For Type I projects, a noise analysis is conducted and noise abatement may be considered in accordance with Federal procedures or the NYSDOT Noise Analysis Policy. For Type II projects, potential noise barrier locations are based on the Thruway-wide Noise Barrier Prioritization Study. This study prioritized locations along the entire Thruway System. Type II noise barrier projects are dependent on available funding. At this time, however, no funding available for Type II noise barriers.
Review a copy of the Thruway-wide Noise Barrier Prioritization Study:
More information from the Federal Highway Administration related to highway traffic noise in land use planning activities is available at the Federal Highway Administration’s website.