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Study to examine noise impact of NHMS concert series

By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent

January 18. 2018 10:09PM
A general view of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is shown in this 2013 photo. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports/File)



LOUDON — A study will be done at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to examine how to best control noise from an upcoming concert series.

Residents from both Loudon and Canterbury have been vocal in their opposition to the concert. Their main concerns were about lighting, traffic and sound — issues they say they deal with already during other events held at the track such as the NASCAR Cup Series races.

Planning board members discussed the sound study at their Thursday meeting. The next step will be finding a company to conduct it. The company will be tasked with determining a permissible concert decibel level that is the least disturbing for residents around the Speedway.

The three-day country music concert series was given a one time approval after meetings with town boards over the course of several months last year.

The concert will be held at the track sometime between June 1 and Sept. 1. The concerts will be held from Friday to Saturday, and begin at 2 p.m.

All shows will end at 10 p.m., with quiet hours starting at 11 p.m. Attendees will have the option to camp at the track for the event, either in RVs, campers or tents.

The planning board members gave their approval in November.

A special exception and variance were needed to allow the event, both of which were unanimously approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment in September. That approval only allows the track to hold one concert a year as well.


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