On track for 2013 upgrade start

INDEPENDENT experts have been engaged by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to carry out further noise measurements and traffic counting to update the traffic noise model for the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade.

A RMS spokesperson said a noise model was developed about four years ago as part of the environmental assessment for the Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade project which is now being updated to ensure the model reflects current traffic volumes.

"During the project planning, the impacts of the future upgrade are assessed through the environmental assessment process and include predicted noise levels for during building and once the upgrade is opened to traffic," the spokesperson said.

"It is important to collect this kind of information when new roads are being built to forecast traffic volumes, collect information on current noise impacts and to plan for future maintenance needs.

"If noise levels are predicted to be excessive, noise management solutions will be applied to the project."

The project which is being jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments is almost at the point where work is ready to begin.

"Work is progressing on the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade, with the project team continuing with land acquisition, investigation and tendering for the project to prepare this section for the start of work in 2013," the spokesperson continued.

"A noise assessment will also be carried out twelve months after the project's completion to determine how accurate the noise predictions were, how effective the noise reduction measures are and to evaluate if there is a need to introduce additional measures."



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