With the increased addition of transportation hubs and rail stations across the country, the need for sound walls and noise barriers is vital for protecting the environment and keeping the peace in rural communities. Many cities have noise regulations that railroad companies and switchyards must adhere to at all times.
Residents are likely to have concerns about noise mitigation and whether the rail company can keep the noise under control, and using sound-absorptive materials is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted sounds emanating from trains and tracks. Our noise barriers provide a lasting solution that is durable, lightweight, versatile, and appealing at the same time. We cover the highlights of a recent rail project below for a client in New Jersey.
In this application, we chose an 18-foot acoustic wall with stunning brick accents to give the client a product that significantly reduced sound levels without detracting from the natural beauty of the area. The wall fits into the local architecture with a neutral tone that will remain bright thanks to our UV coating. With no rust to worry about, the client is happy that there is little maintenance to take care of in the future.
Our products also last two to three times as long as wood walls and concrete noise barriers. We collaborated with the acoustic engineer for the railway to identify the problem and create a custom solution that offered the most benefits. We can tailor solutions to virtually any industry, size, and scope project because we add ventilation systems, doors, entrances, and equipment while maintaining the proper train noise reduction.
Why Addressing Train Noise Control Is So Important
Besides the clear need to stay compliant with local laws on noise, railroad companies have an ethical duty to protect the nearby residents and the environment. According to the National Institute of Health, unwanted noise is the primary complaint related to railroads, switching stations, and rail hubs.
Stakeholders understand the impact of noise on the environment and people, so many opt to pre-empt complaints with a mitigation solution like our noise barrier walls. By being proactive, a rail company can protect themselves from problems and be a good steward of the community.
Two Primary Objectives For Our Rail Sound Wall Project
There were two significant needs to address with our railroad barrier design. The primary focus was to reduce or eliminate the offensive noise. The secondary goal was to offer an appealing design that blends in with the local surroundings and architecture. Because our walls use sound-absorbing material, they have to be tall enough to capture the sound waves. Our goal was to create an aesthetic design that significantly reduced switchyard noises.
How Sound-Absorbing Panels Work
Our walls are made with a variety of products to create a maze of acoustic dampeners that take the energy out of sound waves. In effect, they trap and diffuse incoming sound waves inside the panels. Traditional barriers that are of concrete or block were considered a top solution for decades, but recent studies show how much more effective high noise absorption is in contrast to those outdated sound-reflective materials.
How Noise Levels Harm The Environment
The Australian Academy of Science found that animals migrate away from loud noises causing all sorts of problems from shortages of natural food sources to death. They also noted that these effects are far-reaching and can cause problems for entire ecosystems. Birds have trouble communicating during feeding and migration, causing many to get lost or leave native habitats in search of quieter nesting areas.
Benefits Of Our Rail Noise Barriers
- Lightweight materials
- Ability to withstand high winds
- Weather resistant to hail, ice, and heavy snow loads
- Corrosion proof
- Resistant to animal nesting and damage
- Non-conductive materials
- Fire resistant
- Variety of color and design choices
- Lowers noise levels for public comfort, health, and safety
- Protects natural habitat for birds and animals
- Helps keep companies in regulation with city ordinances and noise level requirements
- Countless applications
How Freight Noise Control Can Be Beautiful and Functional
Our barriers are customizable. Whether a client needs a large wall with long spans as used for natural gas compressors, or smaller sections with ornate details like the brick columns we used to beautify the rail yard in New Jersey, we can create solutions tailored to the industry, size, location, and geography near the noise source. Our sound walls help transportation companies design noise-friendly railways, switchyards, and terminals in populated areas while protecting the environment and residents from the harmful noises associated with daily operations.
Noise-Absorbing Treatment Versus Concrete Walls
Traditional masonry and concrete walls were once thought to be the best solution to noise mitigation. Science has shown that noise absorption is a better method of dealing with pollution because solid walls reflect the sound back into the environment. Our walls get rid of the sound by diminishing the power of the sound wave.
By eliminating the noise, the client does not have to worry about regular noise testing to ensure that the company maintains an acceptable decibel level. Our products do not fade, rust, or take well to graffiti. When a person sees a barrier we installed twenty years ago; it often looks like a recent project because of the durability and longevity of our quality noise abatement systems.