ArcelorMittal started promoting steel sheet pile solutions for noise barriers a long time ago. The first noise barriers were built in France and Germany over twenty years ago, but this year we would like to highlight a quite impressive project in the Netherlands.
Actually, the residents living around the highway A2 in Eindhoven will anew enjoy quiet and restorative nights. The traffic around and through the densely populated area of Eindhoven had increased to such an extent, that at the beginning of the 21st century the traffic jams of Eindhoven were every day among the top three in the Netherlands, a nightmare for most commuters. The Rijkswaterstaat, the public administration in charge of the Dutch infrastructures, launched a widening of the highway and even created a second parallel road that will separate the local from the transit traffic.
Randweg A2 Motorway. Noise barrier, The Netherlands
The central part of this project was the construction of around 16 km of efficient noise barriers in order to reduce the nuisance of the increasing traffic on the vicinity. The landscape was quite unfavourable for such a widening of the highway, especially due to the natural slopes. The easiest way to overcome these level differences without loss of space was the use of sheet piling retaining walls, which in many portions of the highway also act as a noise barrier. The final portion of this huge project finished in 2011.
You will find more details in this new ‘case study’ (also available in French , German & Polish).
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Released on 28/09/2011
Updated on 12/01/2012