Procedures for prioritizing noise barrier locations on freeways

Rahim F Benekohal, Weixiong Zhao, Michael H. Lee

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The ranking of potential noise barrier locations is not a straightforward process and requires consideration of several criteria. The development of multicriteria ranking procedures for prioritizing the locations with noise problems is discussed. Three ranking methods were developed to determine the priority of each of the candidates projects. They are sequential ranking scheme (SRS), analytic hierarchy process (AHP), and weighted index methods. These methods are presented, and their application to a set of data from the Chicago are is discussed. Each of these methods can be used independently by the users. It is proposed that a combination of the SRS and AHP methods be used to improve computational efficiency when a large number of locations are to be ranked. The ranking variables used in developing these procedures are existing noise level, number of people affected, land use type of the adjacent area, and effectiveness and feasibility of building a noise barrier at the location. The ranking variables and their relative importance are the user-specified inputs to these procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number1444
StatePublished - Oct 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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