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March 25, 2015

Should the Federal Government Drop the Jet Noise Level for Soundproofing?

Filed under: Soundproofing News — Deborah Dera @ 7:26 am

jet planeResidents living near the far northwest side of O’Hare Airport in Chicago may have some relief from noise on the way — eventually. Locals living along the east-west runways that were opened within the last few years have had to deal with high noise levels that made it difficult for them to spend time in their yards, watch television, and even sleep at night.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting a study on the increased noise following complaints by residents over the past 2 1/2 years. The study is expected to be completed in 2016 and following completion, residents may be eligible for soundproofing assistance that would provide some relief from the excessive noise from the air traffic to and from the airport. On the down side, though, the study isn’t finished and even once it is completed, it will still take some time for residents to get some help with soundproofing their homes.

If the study shows that homeowners are indeed within the noise contour — a term for an area that experiences high levels of noise from air traffic — then they will be eligible for federal subsidies to pay for soundproofing techniques that can include increased attic insulation, noise-blocking storm doors and windows, exterior doors and air conditioning.

Unfortunately, it could be 10 years before residents will actually see anything changed. The O’Hare Modernization Program will have to be completed before any of the airports noise contour maps can be changed and that $8.7 billion program won’t be finished until 2020. At the earliest, the residents living in the far northwest side of the airport will be eligible for subsidized assistance to soundproof their homes in 2025.

So for now, residents will have to continue to wait and endure the noise of the air traffic overhead.


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