Officials Plan To Maintain Tree Buffer, Use Concrete On Runways

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority has revised a noise reduction plan for John F. Kennedy International Airport in response to complaints from Nassau County residents.

Residents have been complaining about the airplane noise for years.

“My grandma was sick and she couldn’t sleep so I had to move her from the attic to the basement because she couldn’t sleep there. It’s really, really loud,” one Elmont resident said.

The Port Authority’s new noise reduction plan would extend runway 22R to the north by 728 feet, which officials said would keep planes higher in the air over homes and should muffle the noise from jets, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.

The agency originally planned to move the touchdown point on the runway by more than 3,000 feet which would have required planes to fly 200 feet lower over Nassau County to land, Newsday reported.

The plan would also maintain hundreds of trees originally designated for removal and use concrete on runways instead of asphalt in an attempt to quiet the roar of jets around the airport, Port Authority officials said.

In August, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined residents in calling on the Port Authority to install noise monitors to get a better read on the problem.

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