3-year noise monitoring and strategic noise mapping in an extended motorway
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It is well known that the quality of the acoustic environment is very often degraded by major environmental interventions such as extended motorways. Considering this, the European Union has imposed relevant legislation on its member states to monitor these environmental changes/interventions and to develop strategic noise maps and action plans, in order to protect the natural and human environment. Egnatia Odos is a major motorway that crosses northern Greece and connects the country with the main European Motorway network. In the present work, the results of an extended traffic noise measuring campaign at selected sections of the Egnatia motorway are presented, together with the strategic noise maps and calculations of the population exposure. It was concluded that, although the noise levels in the countryside were low, in the suburban areas near the city of Thessaloniki the traffic noise was reported high during both the day and night. However, the extent of the traffic noise issue was found considerably greater during night-time. The number of exceedances was rather limited, though a considerable amount of population (11.5% and 5.4% during the day and night, respectively) seems to be affected by relatively high noise levels, highlighting the importance of traffic noise monitoring.
KeywordsTraffic noise Egnatia motorway Noise exposure Lden Lnight
The authors would like to thank Egnatia Odos S.A. for providing the data used in this study.
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