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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 […]

Highway 17 – McTavish Interchange


The McTavish Interchange project consisted of replacing the signal controlled intersection at McTavish Road and Highway 17 with a grade separated interchange. The project was undertaken to improve safety, enhance transit and improve access to the Victoria International Airport. Wakefield Acoustics Ltd. was retained to measure existing noise levels at 13 residences in the vicinity […]

Victoria Harbour Seaplane Noise Study

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For many decades commercial seaplane service from Victoria Harbour has provided the fastest way for government workers, business people and tourists to get from BC’s capital to downtown Vancouver and other lower mainland locations.  However, during the late 1980’s and 1990’s, former industrial and marine use lands surrounding the harbor were redeveloped for multi-family residential […]