Prior to the start of New NY Bridge construction in 2013, Rockland and Westchester residents living near the project site voted overwhelmingly in favor of new permanent barriers to reduce highway traffic noise. Today, progress on the barriers is readily apparent in South Nyack.
Local stakeholders—including affected property owners, village officials and members of the project’s Visual Quality Panel—contributed to the final barrier designs. Barriers on and near the new bridge will utilize a transparent material to block traffic sound without disrupting views of the Hudson River. Barriers on land are constructed of concrete panels that are enhanced with noise-absorbing material to reduce noise reflection.
Acoustical scientists worked with the bridge’s design team to optimize the plans so that each wall is neither taller nor longer than required. Additionally, landscape architects consulted with adjoining property owners to select appropriate trees and shrubs that will reduce the visual impact of the barriers.
The result of these collective efforts are now visible at the project’s Rockland landing, with the on-land barriers on both sides of the Thruway in various stages of completion. Workers recently completed the barrier foundations and began installing noise-absorbing concrete panels along the southbound Thruway. The on-land barriers are scheduled to be completed by year’s end.
Follow the progress of the noise barriers and the project in general at NewNYBridge.com.