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CALTRANS approves SoundSorb for Use

October 2003

Concrete Solutions, Inc.  (CSI)  announces that after a thorough evaluation of the SoundSorb noise barrier system, the California Department of Transportation has granted its approval for the product’s use on state highway projects.

“CSI is excited about achieving this milestone, as SoundSorb is the first cement-based sound absorbing material that can be used by CALTRANS and transportation authorities in California” stated O. Boone Bucher, President of CSI.

Sound absorption materials are being recognized within the U.S. as a more effective way to control the costs of walls and contain traffic noise.  The advent of the Traffic Noise Model (TNM) has helped propel the use of acoustical materials into the mainstream of the sound barrier market place.  The TNM program issued by Federal Highway Administration allows the analysis of the wall parameters to include surfaces that achieve Noise Absorptive Coefficients (NRC).  To the benefit of the taxpayers, it has been determined that sound absorptive wall treatments can reduce the wall height and, therefore, significantly reduce the cost of walls.  Bucher feels that this direction was predicated and driven by economic forces.  “Absorption of the noise is always a complete solution.  Now that solution can save significant dollars for the taxpayers.”

The company expects to be participating with the use of SoundSorb in California on a wall project in late 2004.

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