Sounds of silence
ALMOST 140 homes in Ban-ora Point and Tweed Heads have received soundproof-ing or other noise-reducing treatments from the RTA.
A large proportion of $18 million put aside to alleviate noise issues along the Paci-fic Highway from the Queensland border to Coffs Harbour was spent in the Tweed region.
Another major project was the resurfacing of a stretch of road at Coffs Harbour.
In February 2003 the state government commissioned a taskforce to assess traffic noise for this stretch of the highway.
By September that year the government announced an $18 million noise-treatment package which would include noise walls, architectural treatments for homes and road resurfacing with noise-reducing asphalt.
Improvements were not done based on complaints but on the assessment by noise experts as to which properties needed work to lower their acute noise problems.
Treatments were developed to provide the best noise reduction in North Coast areas including Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Ewingsdale, Sapphire, Newrybar, Knockrow, Tintenbar and Tandy's Lane.
An RTA spokeswoman said a combination of noise walls and architectural treatments were found to be the best solution to provide noise relief to residents between Banora Point and Tweed Heads.
She said there was so much work done in the Tweed area because of the amount of traffic because of its proximity to the Gold Coast.
Last year architectural treatments began in 140 homes around Tweed Heads.
Most of the work is completed, with the remaining homes to be finished in the next couple of months.
Architectural treatments involve a number of options including replacing windows in homes with double-glazed glass, fitting air conditioning so residents do not need to open their windows, insulation and courtyard walls.