November 4, 2016

PCI Journal Spotlights Two SoftSound Projects

Sound-absorptive precast concrete product meets aesthetic needs of Virginia DOT.

When the Virginia Department of Transportation was developing plans for two new road projects in historic areas, one of the most important goals was to be able to facilitate traffic flow without disrupting nearby historic and residential areas. Another was to ensure that the new projects maintained the historical feel of the locations.

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September 9, 2016

Smith-Midland continues SoftSound noise wall success in Virginia’s Tidewater with two projects

MIDLAND, Va., September 13, 2016 – Smith-Midland Corporation (OTCQX: SMID) announces the completion of one SoftSoundTM sound absorptive noise wall project in the Tidewater metro area of Virginia, the Martin Luther King Extension in Portsmouth, and the recent signing of another, Holland Road widening in Virginia Beach. These two projects come on the heels of two other recently completed noise wall sections in the region, Lynn Haven Parkway and Nimmo Parkway, both in Virginia Beach.

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May 17, 2016

NPCA Blog - Now You Hear It, Now You Don't

Precast concrete sound-absorptive walls in Virginia help preserve historic areas.

In part one of this post, we looked at the rise in use of precast concrete sound walls to mitigate road noises, and a recent application in Madison, Wis. As manufacturers and departments of transportation have become more sophisticated, so have sound wall designs. This includes the use of sound-absorptive walls that eliminate noise rather than bouncing it to another location. NPCA’s Technical Services Department analyzed the differences in the Summer 2014 and Winter 2011 issues of Precast Solutions.

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March 2, 2016

SoftSound featured on Public Works Magazine website

SoftSound Sound Wall from Easi-Set Worldwide

A proprietary material that is molded and compressed to meet the desired technical and aesthetic requirements, SoftSound combines a highly-specialized mineralized wood-chip aggregate using cement as a binder in a specific and exacting manufacturing process.

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February 5, 2016

300,000 square feet of Smith-Midland Precast Sound Walls will be installed on two major Virginia DOT road projects

The Historic Towns of Charlottesville and Chapman’s Mill will be buffered and protected by SoftSoundTM Precast Concrete Sound Walls

MIDLAND, VA., Feb, 2016 – SoftSound™, Civil Wall Solutions and Shirley Contracting have selected Smith-Midland to supply precast sound wall products for two major Virginia Department of Transportation road projects that are currently underway. The Route 29-Route 250 Interchange in Charlottesville and the Interstate 66 widening project near Chapman’s Mill will both facilitate traffic flow without disrupting nearby historic and residential areas.

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November 25, 2015

SoftSound Absorptive Sound Wall Steals The Show in Ontario

Featuring Superior Sound Absorptive Technology and Unsurpassed Quality, 45,000 square feet of SoftSound™ is installed on a Year-Long Road Widening Project.

MIDLAND, VA., Nov, 2015 – The City of London, Ontario, recently wrapped up a road widening project that incorporated absorptive sound wall containing SoftSoundTM, a superior sound absorptive technology. The barriers alleviated the projected increase of noise caused by both the construction process and the expected increase in traffic volume (once the construction was completed).

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November 24, 2015

SoftSound Helps City of Ottawa Avoid Major Road Closures

Using SoftSound™ absorptive sound wall, the Ministry of Transportation achieves its goal of quickly replacing an aging highway sound barrier.

MIDLAND, VA., Nov, 2015 – SoftSound™, When the existing noise barriers on Highway 417 in Ottawa began to show their age, The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) installed 15,000 square feet of absorptive sound wall containing SoftSoundTM to replace the aging structures. Made with superior sound absorptive technology, the precast wall was installed as part of a larger, highway widening and rehabilitation project.

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October 28, 2014

Groundswell of State Approvals for SoftSound Sound Absorptive Wall Product Continues to Build

Ohio becomes the most recent state to approve the use of SoftSound™ absorptive noise wall panels on highways and roads.

MIDLAND, VA., October 28, 2014 – SoftSound™, Easi-Set Worldwide’s sound-absorptive, noise wall product, is gaining both state and provincial approvals as the product becomes more widely known for its unique qualities and ease of use.

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August 4, 2014

SoftSound Creates a Quieter, More Peaceful Environment for Washington, DC Area Residents

Currently being installed on the Dulles International Airport Connector Road, ground-mounted sound walls incorporate a sound-absorptive finish that is manufactured to the industry's highest quality standards.

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January 8, 2014

SoftSound Passes Salt Scaling Test

Many U.S. States and Canadian provinces require the performance of a salt scaling test as one of the conditions for approval of a sound-absorptive product. This test, ASTM C672 or CSA A23.2, is performed to determine the resistance of concrete exposed to freeze-thaw cycles in the presence of various de-icing road salts. When applied to a porous material, such as SoftSound, samples are submerged in a salt solution and subjected to 50 freeze-thaw cycles, after which a visual evaluation of deterioration is made and loose particles are weighed. This is a particularly demanding test for porous materials as the full mass of the product is in contact with the salt solution while being subjected to the expansion forces of freezing salt water.

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