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 has hired a consultant, GHD Limited, to conduct noise monitoring for this study. GHD will be placing noise monitoring equipment at set distances from roadways and residential properties throughout St. Albert. Noise levels will be monitored for a 24-hour period.

Some residents may receive a letter from the City asking if they are interested in participating in the Traffic Noise Study. Participation is voluntary. Residents who participate must sign an Access Agreement to grant the consultant non-intrusive access to their property in order to place the noise monitoring equipment in their yard.

Once noise monitoring is complete, the consultant will compile the results and prepare a final report, expected to be completed by end of summer 2018.

Timeline

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

Last edited: October 23, 2019