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Duluth Airport Getting Grant for Noise Study

Updated: June 25, 2019 06:19 PM

The Duluth International Airport is getting busier and busier these days, with additional service and airlines. And some neighbors have noticed.

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"The airplanes become bigger and more powerful, and the noise becomes greater. There are more flights, and they are more frequent," Jackie Carlson said. She's lived near the airport since 1977. "I've gotten used to it."

Still, she doesn't love the loudness. Or the cracks it's caused in her windows, which hasn't happened recently. She hasn't complained to anyone, but has learned to live with it all. She is happy to hear there will be a noise study soon.

The FAA is awarding a $600,000 grant to the Duluth International Airport for the study.

The airport couldn't comment until the grant is finalized. But leaders shared that the study will include things like noise exposure maps, recommendations for reducing the noise, and public involvment.

"I think they should be here different times of the day, because the noise levels are different at different times of the day. It's a great idea. I hope they act on what their study shows," Carlson said.

Across Highway 53 in a different part of Hermantown, Jeff Watczak was getting ready to mow his lawn. F-16 fighter jets and a passenger plane flew over in the space of a few minutes while WDIO stopped by. But they don't bother him.

"I'm used to seeing the aircraft. Compared to noise of regular road traffic, this is minimal, in my opinion," he shared. "This is a quiet neighborhood."

There are other airports getting grants as well. 

1) Aitkin/Steve Kurtz Field: $139,500 for snow removal equipment

2) Ely Municipal: $150,000 to build and rehabilitate taxiways

3) Grand Marais/Cook Co: $194,344 to extend runways

4) Grand Rapids/Itasca Co: $150,000 for snow removal equipment

5) Hibbing/Range Regional: $1,010,792 to rebuild parking lot

6) Tower Municipal: $117,630 for snow removal equipment building and rehabilitate runway

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