Sound walls, or noise barriers, are structures designed to buffer noise resulting from construction activity and help reduce the inconvenience to our neighbours. Installing temporary sound walls is a common measure to protect residents impacted by large construction projects. Trans Mountain uses sound walls to abide by our regulatory (CER) requirements. 

A sound wall is scheduled to be installed at Burnaby Terminal in the coming weeks.

The City of Burnaby has asked Trans Mountain to gather further feedback from residents directly impacted by construction activities from Westridge Marine Terminal.

The location was determined through analysis by Trans Mountain’s acoustic contractor, with the goal to reduce noise to the extent practicable. This is part of our overall construction impact mitigation initiatives at our Terminals. Once sound walls are installed, they remain in place for the duration of construction activities in that area. The temporary sound walls are approximately 4 meters in height and are planned to be 150 metres long near Westridge Marine Terminal.

The installation of a sound wall on City of Burnaby property will generally be completed in the following sequence:

  • Temporary lane closures will be set up on affected roads
  • Sound wall supports will be installed
  • Sound wall bracing posts and sound barrier panel facing will be installed
  • Lane closures will then be removed