NOISE POLLUTION AROUND HIGH TRAFFIC ZONES IN CLUJ-NAPOCA
Abstract: The aim of this paper was to measure the full spectrum of noise levels near a high-traffic junction in the city of Cluj-Napoca, due to the growing problems regarding traffic density and lack of acoustic comfort in residential areas around these crowded areas. This investigation was carried out near one of the most crowded and noise polluted zones in Cluj-Napoca, by using a full spectrum sound meter to measure the sound levels at ground level and inside a nearby residential space, at morning, noon, evening and night.
The collected noise level data was analyzed and reported on all the time frames at ground level and inside residential spaces, pointing out the high noise level and lack of comfort especially inside the nearby home. These noise readings showed that the average levels observed were above the accepted values according to European Union regulations. Conclusions were made and some solutions were presented that could improve life quality in such overcrowded, high-traffic areas in cities such as Cluj-Napoca where there is a rapid growing rate both demographic and economically.
Key words: noise, pollution, comfort, traffic, urban, residential.
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