- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Some residents of south Anchorage are complaining that the noise caused by rerouted airplanes is keeping them up at night.

Air traffic from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has been rerouted over some neighborhoods not accustomed to the aircraft sounds as a runway undergoes renovation, KTVA-TV reported Monday.

The airport began this month renovating its north-south runway, which hasn’t been repaved in about 15 years. The renovation is needed now or it could become dangerous, airport manager Jim Szczesniak said.

The new noise has jolted some residents of the previously quiet Hillside area.

“It just rattles the house. It’s not quite the earthquake, but it is - it’s loud,” resident Cyndy Cox said.



Dana Seagar, a neighbor of Cox, said some of the residents are light sleepers and people should be “entitled to sleep soundly at night.”

Airport officials reached out to local leaders and residents ahead of the renovation.

“We’ve been spending the last couple months going to community councils, working with local legislative leaders and the assembly so that they’re aware of the potential of what’s coming on,” Szczesniak said.

Some of the disturbance is inevitable, but project managers have tried to strategically design flight traffic to minimize the noise over homes, Szczesniak said. They’re also working with pilots to reduce noisy aircraft thrust on departure.

The new flight path is only temporary. Sections of the runaway should be back in operation by mid-July, but part two of the renovation project is slated for next summer. Szczesniak said residents can expect the noise to return.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com

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