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Montgomery County takes up noise limits

November 22, 2010 - 06:00 AM
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Downtown Silver Spring
Downtown Silver Spring during a busy evening. (Photo: courtesy Downtown Silver Spring

Later today, a Montgomery County Council committee will take up a bill that could relax noise restrictions near the outdoor Strathmore Hall and potentially lift them altogether on the streets of downtown Silver Spring and Bethesda.

Montgomery County's restrictions limit noise to 65 decibels during the day and 55 at night. But just how loud is that?

Well, according to the National Institutes of Health, a refrigerator's humming is about 45 decibels, a normal conversation is about 60, and heavy traffic can reach about 85 decibels — the latter two of which you can already hear in Silver Spring.

 

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