Acknowledgement of a noise problem
By NZTA Senior Manager, Project Delivery, Chris Hunt.
The NZ Transport Agency acknowledges that some people living near the expressway are experiencing noise from the road that didn’t previously exist.
We are listening to their concerns and have brought forward noise monitoring work to ensure we are complying with the noise designation conditions.
We are also doing specific monitoring on various sources of road noise e.g truck engine braking, traffic volumes and noisy exhausts. The results of this monitoring will inform any additional steps which might be taken to address any non-compliant noise issues.
Rules on engine breaking
The Land Transport Act limits the Transport Agency’s Authority to create a bylaw to restrict or prohibit engine braking to roads where the speed limit is less than 70 km/h.
Engine brakes are a key safety feature for heavy vehicles, in particular in high-speed environments.
Advisory signs will be considered once we’ve assessed information from engine braking monitoring along the expressway.
Locations for noise cameras to do this have been determined and will be installed from the end of next week.