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Private Noise Wall Conversion Program

We’re rebuilding and relocating privately-owned noise walls on some Regional roads.

Privately-owned noise walls along Regional roads are built to lower sound levels in backyards. A noise wall must be continuous and solid with no gaps or gates.

As part of the Private Noise Wall Conversion Program, we’re rebuilding and relocating private, pre-selected noise walls that are adjacent to a Regional road.

A fence is usually built for privacy, not noise reduction. Fences can be made from wood or with staggered boards or chain link.

Private noise wall conversion factors

The Region will inspect all private noise walls every 3 years.
Replacement of a private noise wall is based on several factors, including:

During a visual inspection, the noise walls will be rated according to their condition. A wall’s rating helps us determine when it should be converted.

Other structures such as privacy fences and chain link fences do not qualify for the conversion program.

Construction and costs

If a noise wall conversion is happening in your neighborhood, we’ll tell you at least one year before the construction date.

Generally, we will be replacing entire blocks or corridors at a time.   

We’ll also try to coordinate the noise wall conversion with other road work taking place in your area.  

If a noise wall on private property has not been converted, the property owners must keep covering the cost of the wall’s maintenance and repairs.

Once conversion has taken place, the new noise wall will become a Regional asset and the Region will pay for any maintenance and repairs to the new noise wall.

Noise wall replacement materials

The Region is considering cedar wood or concrete composite panels as replacement materials.

We’ll determine the material type based on design standards and other environmental factors. For example, we would consider wood over concrete to avoid cutting down trees where possible.

Communication to the homeowner

We will be responsible for providing all general communication to the homeowners which includes Permission to Enter notifications prior to construction of the noise wall.

Category Sub-category Composite concrete noise walls Cedar wood noise walls

Acoustical capabilities

Effectiveness for reducing noise

  • Both products have the same noise reduction effectiveness
  • Both have comparable noise absorption
  • Both products cannot have gaps or spaces
  • No noise reduction advantage of one over the other

Durability

How long will the material last?

Up to 40 years depending on environmental factors

20 to 25 years depending on environmental factors

No maintenance required

Minimum maintenance is required (Restaining is required every few years)

Workability

Speed and ease of construction

Concrete panels are heavy and customizing to size is difficult, labour intensive and expensive

Wood panels are light and customizing (cut to size) can be easily done on site fast

Installation is difficult and slow requiring use of larger equipment (crane) and labourers

Installation is easy and fast requiring use of small equipment and labourers

Larger work space area is required for installation

Small work space area required for installation

More difficult to maneuver equipment in constrained areas due to trees and utilities

Easier to maneuver equipment in constrained areas due to trees and utilities

Damaged panel normally replaced not repaired, (a three month process).

Damage can be repaired easily and fast (new boards can be delivered and installed same day)

Panels may not be readily available from the supplier

Wood fencing is a common material and is available from many local vendors.

May need to keep a mold/form of panel (Panel Liner) to reproduce it.

 

Environmental impacts

Installation and tree removal

Wall height approx. 2.8 meters (9 feet)

Wall height approx. 2.8 meters (9 feet)

Standard post space of 3.5 to 3.6 meters (12 feet)

Standard post space of 2.5 meters (8 feet)

Required removal of trees:
approx. 110-120 out of 265 total

Required removal of trees:
approx. 55 – 60 out of 265 total

Require many trees (normally 2x the number of trees) to be removed and pruned since large equipment is required to install the footings and pre-cast noise wall panels

Some trees to be removed but mainly pruned to install footings and wood noise wall near a tree

The impact is normally less than a concrete wall

More ground restoration required due to disturbance caused by large and heavy equipment

Less ground restoration required due to disturbance caused by smaller equipment

Aesthetics Visual appearance

Finish on a concrete wall can have a wide variety of architectural textures patterns and colours

Finish on cedar wood walls can be finished in different stains to blend in with a community's natural appearance

Doesn't blend in with wood fences

Blends in with wood fences

More trees require removal due to equipment and work space needed compared to cedar wood panels

Less tree removals as part of the installation compared to concrete panels

Cost*
*There is no cost to the resident for replacement and maintenance

Installation and life cycle costs are similar to wooden noise wall

Installation and life cycle costs are similar to concrete noise wall

Low maintenance costs as composite material lasts for long period of time

Higher maintenance cost as wood requires re-staining every few years and private side access can be difficult

Prices vary based on noise wall height and selected design

Prices vary based on type of wood and fluctuating market rates

Before and After Noise Wall Conversion Example

Before

After

Applying for a noise wall upgrade

The Noise Wall Conversion Program does not include replacement of deteriorating privacy fences; however, homeowners can apply for a noise wall upgrade as part of our Local Improvement Program.

To determine eligibility, the Region will conduct a noise study along the affected stretch of the existing wall. This study will analyze daytime noise levels to assess if the noise levels are above 60 dBA.

If the stretch qualifies for a noise wall upgrade, the program will issue a petition to determine interest for a noise wall placement. To be successful, a petition requires that at least 3 properties benefit from the new noise wall being installed and that at least 2/3’s of the affected property owners are in favour of the construction.

If successful, property owners would cover 1/2 of the project cost.

Questions about ownership?

If you are unsure if the noise wall belongs to you or the Region, call 905-791-7800.

If your property is not located on a Regional road and you have an issue with your noise wall or fence, please contact the municipality in which you live: the City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, or Town of Caledon.