ROSKAM ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR O'HARE AIRPORT NOISE MITIGATION
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today announced an $18 million U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant to fund noise mitigation for 600 homes in communities surrounding the Chicago O'Hare International Airport as required by the O'Hare modernization program.
"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. "While this grant will help fund vital noise mitigation efforts, it does not solve the problem. Many area residents are still affected by airport noise pollution."
"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," said Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson. "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."
This grant will go towards funding the replacement of existing windows and exterior doors with acoustic units; installation of an air conditioning system; replacement of weather stripping of exterior doors and the installation of a new heating system. This work is consistent with the City of Chicago's existing passenger facility charge residential sound insulation program.
"This is an important step in improving the quality of life for 6th District residents who live in the communities that surround one of the busiest airports in the world," said Roskam. "In Congress, I will continue to advocate for policies that protect my constituents' way of life."