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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 6-12-2012

    Coastline construction restrictions for commercial and residential buildings in other states and the ramifications for implementing a statewide coastal development setback line are discussed in a report from the Office of Legislative Research.

    Engineers and scientists in several states are testing rubber, asphalt and gravel to develop roadway surfaces meant to reduce noise, according to the Wall Street Journal. So-called quiet pavement studies, which are showing mixed results, are motivated by the problem of traffic noise in some communities due to more cars on the road, heavier vehicles and vehicles driving at higher speeds. At the same time, according to a companion story, Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute is collecting detailed sound measurements of all experimental quiet roadways to observe how salt and sand used to treat roads in winter would affect the new pavement over two years.

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