Grant to Help Block Jet Noise
U.S. Peter J. Roskam, R-6th, earlier this month announced an $18 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to fund noise mitigation for 600 homes in communities surrounding the O'Hare International Airport as required by the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP).
Roskam said while the grant will go some way toward mitigating some noise, it does not solve the entire problem.
"Residents of the communities surrounding O'Hare Airport deserve to live their lives without the constant interruption caused by low altitude air traffic," said Roskam. "But there are many who are still affected by airport noise pollution."
This grant will go toward funding the replacement of existing windows and exterior doors with acoustic units and other improvements.
Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson, who opposes O'Hare expansion, which also known as the OMP, said the grant is one step in the right direction.
"Although this funding is helpful and will lessen some of the environmental stress of living near the airport, much more could be done to serve the surrounding communities," Johnson said.
"At the same time, we should not be distracted from the devastating impact expansion will have. I am grateful to have Congressman Roskam in Washington working for the people of Elk Grove Village to ensure their homes and lifestyles are protected, even in the face of airport expansion."