RMS wants feedback on pavement grinding trial

Valla residents are invited to take part in a survey about noise perceptions following a trial of pavement grinding on the Pacific Highway.

Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Northern Vicky Sisson said the survey follows the cutting of grooves into the highway's surface north and south of the existing low noise asphalt pavement surface for around six kilometres near Valla, which was completed in October last year.

"Residents were surveyed before the grinding was carried out and it is important RMS better understands the community's perceptions of tyre noise following the trial," Ms Sisson said.

"This will also be compared with the results of noise measurements taken at these sections before and after the grinding was completed.

This is a very important project - RMS is working to consider appropriate criteria and community perception before making any decisions to grind more sections of the highway

Vicky Sisson, RMS

Ms Sisson said the response to the first survey was very encouraging, with more than 100 people completing the postal and online poll.

"It is important residents who completed the first survey also take the time to answer the second set of questions," she said.

"The results will assist the project team in gaining an understanding of the community's views on the key issues regarding the trial."

The survey will be distributed by post to affected residents, who may also access it online at https://www.pacifichighway.nsw.gov.au.

A report on the noise measurements is being compiled and is expected to be released to the public by the end of May.

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