Public Encouraged to Attend Meeting on Bradley Noise Exposure

The program will be held at New England Air Museum.

A press release from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is preparing an update to the Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) for Bradley International Airport (BDL). The NEMs were last updated as part of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 150 Noise Study for BDL that concluded back in late 2003. The study is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and ConnDOT.

 A Public Informational Meeting (PIM) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the New England Air Museum located in Windsor Locks, CT at 7:00 p.m. to review the updated NEM.

This NEM update for BDL will re-evaluate the existing and future noise contours generated by aircraft operations at BDL. BDL-generated noise will be evaluated for existing conditions (2013) and for a five-year forecast condition (2018). The overall goal of the BDL NEM Update Study is to update the noise contours and to address aircraft noise impacts in surrounding communities. In this noise study, the noise metric used to determine land use compatibility is the Day-Night Average Noise Level (DNL). The FAA uses a DNL of 65 decibels (dB) as the threshold of compatibility for noise-sensitive land uses such as homes, schools, places of worship and hospitals.

 Previous airport environmental studies have determined that BDL generates off-airport noise that exceeds federal guidelines in noise sensitive areas (e.g., residential areas). To evaluate and address noise exposure and impacts, ConnDOT, owner and operator of BDL, committed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that an update to the noise analysis and land use planning would be conducted.

The public is encouraged to attend the March 20, 2013 information meeting to offer their opinions regarding the update to the NEMs.

Questions concerning this meeting or the NEM Study can be referred to Mr. Robert J. Bruno, Chief of Engineering Services, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aviation at (860) 594-2535.

Paul Bahre March 20, 2013 at 01:17 PM
When I first got married and bought my first place a condo in Canton I thought they sent all the planes over my place there. Then I moved to Farmington, same thing all the planes went over my townhouse there. Then I moved to Simsbury and they were all still going over my house. Now I'm in Granby and the planes had all seemed to follow me to Granby. Seems no matter where I live in the Valley all the planes seem to go over my house. That's not to mention the helicopter that likes to come over my place every night between 20:00 to 21:00. Maybe every town affected by airport noise should levy a noise tax and we could get rebates on our property tax?


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