The damages on the health of the residents along the autoroutes is well documented, both for the noise and air pollution.
1. MTQ Sound Report (1987) – Measuring the noise levels along the south side of the A-20 in Beaconsfield and proposing specific mitigations measures.
Étude de la pollution sonore de l’A-20 MTQ – Jan 1987
2. The MTQ’s Comprehensive Report (October 2010) – Measuring the noise levels along both sides of the A-20 in Beaconsfield.
It indicates that hundreds of homes in Beaconsfield are subjected to over 55 decibels noise levels , and many even exceed 65 decibels noise levels.
Étude de la pollution sonore de l’A-20 MTQ – 2010
3. Québec Environment Quality Act (see in particular R.S.Q., c. Q-2, X s.94 pertaining to noise pollution)decrees that every person has the right to a healthy environment and protection from contaminants or pollutants which are likely to affect a person’s life and well-being.
4. MTQ – Noise Policy – This is the MTQ (Ministère des Transports du Québec) policy on noise mitigation along autoroutes. It says that beyond 65 decibels mitigation measures MUST BE APPLIED and that the cities share cost 50-50
MTQ – Road Noise Policy – 1998
5. Public Health Hazards along autoroutes – This is the Chapter 2 of the 2006 Annual Report from the Quebec Public Health Direction concerning air and noise-related health effects includes recommendations to reduce noise levels to 55 dBA to which people may be exposed.
DSP – Air and Noise Health Hazards from Transport – 2006
6. Noise Pollution: A Modern Plague: an article written by an american doctor (MD) about this.
7. World Health Organization (WHO) – Burden of disease from environmental noise
8. Caltrans – California Department of transportation Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) is the equivalent of our own MTQ. This chapter was written in September 2013.