Residents of one Minneapolis neighborhood around MSP will be eligible for noise reduction improvement

February 28, 2019 06:20 PM

Residents in one southwest Minneapolis neighborhood will become eligible for noise reduction home improvement work next year following a new report from the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

The report, released Thursday, moves the zone of eligibility surrounding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to include an additional 243 homes near Lake Harriet.

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Brad Juffer of the MAC said more planes have been placed on one runway that routes them over the Lake Harriet neighborhood, which is behind the increase in noise there.

The noise mitigation program has been around since the early 1990s. Some homes have been eligible for upwards of $45,000 in noise mitigation work, according to the MAC report. 

"When we are talking to our neighbors across the street, we'll have to stop the conversation for the plane to go bye," area resident Megan Ellestad said.

As the new mother of a baby boy, she said the loud sound can make naptime tricky.

"That would be awesome if they (would) add us.... better napping," she said. 

In other areas near the airport, though, the report found it has gotten quieter due to less traffic overall.

The report said MSP saw 8,790 fewer flights in 2018 compared to the year before. 

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