Highway Noise Abatement (P500338)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Roads
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Countywide
  • Date Last Modified: 1/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Ongoing




This project provides funds for the study and prioritization of noise abatement measures along publicly owned and maintained roads in Montgomery County, except freeways. Once the need and priority of the abatement measures are established, funding is provided for their design and construction.

Estimated Schedule

Project remains on hold until FY17 due to fiscal capacity.

Cost Change

Cost increase due to the addition of FY19 and FY20 to this ongoing project.


Residents regularly request noise abatement measures along County and State roads. The purpose of this project is to respond to these requests in accordance with the Transportation Noise Abatement Policy. Requests would result in noise studies that would determine the need, whether the requested location meets the noise criteria for abatement measures, determination of its priority, and future design and construction. The Highway Noise Abatement Policy was developed by the Noise Abatement Task Force in 2001. The Policy establishes criteria for evaluating the need for noise abatement along publicly maintained roads.


This project was conceived through participation on the Noise Abatement Task Force that developed a policy and criteria for evaluating the need and appropriateness of requests for noise abatement along publicly maintained roads in Montgomery County. The project allows for the implementation of the policy established through this Task Force by providing funds for the study and prioritization of requests and the implementation of noise abatement measures.

Fiscal Note

There may be contributions from impacted and benefited property owners in the future as specified in the Policy. In FY12, $21,000 was transferred to Advance Reforestation (CIP #500112).


A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.


Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Permitting Services, Maryland State Highway Administration