GLADSTONE PARK — Gladstone Park residents angry about jet noise can attend a meeting set for Tuesday to hear from members of the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition about their efforts to reduce the racket.
Speakers from the coalition will discuss the latest developments in the group's fight against noise created by jets taking off and landing at O'Hare Airport and what "we can do as a community to help."
A plan to reduce noise by rotating runways used at night is set to be approved March 11 by the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission and given the green light by the Federal Aviation Administration. If passed, a six-month test could start in May or June that would direct all O'Hare jet traffic from approximately 11 p.m. to approximately 5 a.m. to just one runway for arrivals and one for departures.
The pair of runways picked for nighttime air travel would change every week in an effort to give areas surrounding the airport a break from the jet noise that some residents contend has made it impossible for them to get an uninterrupted night of sleep since an east-west runway opened in 2013.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said last month that a sixth east-west runway will be built to complete the expansion of the airfield, despite calls to halt the project and keep diagonal runways in service to help spread out jet noise.
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