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Vancouver Arterial Road Noise Study


Increased trucking largely related to growth in freight volumes handled by Port Metro Vancouver facilities on Burrard Inlet, combined with increasing residential densities in the urban core led the City of Vancouver to retain WAL to conduct a survey of the noise environments along the City’s arterial road network. The study included continuous 24-hour unattended […]

Vancouver International Airport Third Runway

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In 1991, Wakefield Acoustics Ltd.’s Principal, Clair Wakefield, provided expert review and support services to the Federal Environmental Assessment and Review Office (FEARO) panel charged with reviewing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared by Transport Canada (TC) in relation to the Third, or Parallel Runway, then planned for Vancouver International Airport. These services included review […]

Golden Ears Bridge Project + Control of Expansion Joint Noise

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Over a three year period Wakefield Acoustics Ltd. carried out community noise studies related to a new crossing of the Fraser River located east of Vancouver and connecting Surrey and Langley on the south side to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge on the north side. Originally referred to as the New Fraser River Crossing, the […]

Lions Gate Bridge Rehabilitation

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Over a period of approximately eight months the deck of the 60-plus year old Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver was replaced section-by-section. Extensive seismic upgrading of the North Viaduct also took place as well as improvements to the Stanley Park Causeway. To minimize interference with the roughly 65,000 vehicles that crossed the bridge every day, […]

The Border Infrastructure Program (BIP)


The Border Infrastructure Program (BIP) was a jointly funded federal-provincial initiative to improve the movement of goods and people within the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The five-year program improved key highway sections linking four Canadian/US border crossings with industrial ports, airports, container facilities, railways and industrial parks. BIP involved three highway project components. These […]

The Gateway Program – Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) and South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR)


The Gateway Program was established by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 in response to the impact of growing regional congestion, and to improve the movement of people, good and transit throughout Metro Vancouver with efficient transportation choices. The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1)includes construction of a new 10-lane Part Mann Bridge, removing […]

Rock Bay Remediation Project – Vibration Monitoring

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The Rock Bay Remediation Project is a joint undertaking between BC Hydro and Transport Canada with the goal of removing coal-tar contaminated soil from the Rock Bay site. Concern was expressed by local building owners and the Victoria Heritage Society that ground-borne vibrations caused by excavation work could result in damage buildings in the area; […]

Heals Range Shooting Noise Study

Heals Range in Saanich B.C. had been an active military small arms practice range since before the First World War. However by the early 1990’s, semi-rural residential development together with the upcoming use of the range in conjunction with the 1994 Commonwealth Games, had resulted in calls from some residents for restriction or termination of […]

East Vancouver Port Lands Noise Study


The residents of East Vancouver’s “Burrardview” neighbourhood have for many decades been exposed to noise from trucking, rail operations and port-related activities at the East Vancouver Port Lands along the southern shore of Burrard Inlet. Growth in multi-modal freight volumes due to expanded Pacific Rim trade and the then-planned expansion of port operating hours, had […]

Esquimalt Graving Dock Community Noise Study


In response to the increasing concerns of residents in neighbourhoods adjacent to the Esquimalt Graving Docks regarding noise from ship maintenance activities, Wakefield Acoustics Ltd. was retained by Public Works & Government Services Canada to conduct a survey and investigation of the noise environments in these residential areas and the degree to which they were […]