Implement Low Noise Road Surfaces on Grand River Ave

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Noise pollution has many negative, harmful effects on the human population. This includes, but is not limited to, poor concentration, hearing impairment, stress, hypertension, sleep disturbance, annoyance, cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment. At Michigan State University, noise pollution is caused by construction, social events, fraternity houses, and transportation, such as the CATA bus system, motorcycles, cars, and trucks. This interferes with the daily lives of students living, and learning, at Michigan State. Our campus should be a quiet place for students to be able to focus on getting their degree and achieving their goals, without barriers such as noise pollution getting in their way. Since traffic is one of the greatest contributors to noise on campus, we believe that low-noise road surfaces should be implemented on Grand River Avenue. After taking data, we discovered that Brody Hall, which is located off of Grand River Avenue, is significantly louder than Shaw Hall, which is located in the center of campus. Low-noise road surfaces consist of thin layers of porous asphalt, which would coat the current road, and reduce traffic noise. This will improve concentration, decrease stress and sleep disturbance, and reduce chances of hearing and cognitive impairment related to noise level. No matter where a student lives or decides to study on campus, they should not be subjected to the harmful effects of noise pollution.