San Diego County Airport Authority to Receive $ 25.9 Million for Noise Mitigation – NBC 7 San Diego

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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will receive nearly $ 26 million in two airport security and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration for noise abatement measures, officials said Tuesday. responsible.

The $ 25.9 million in grants represents the highest annual amount awarded to the authority by the FAA for its Quieter Home program.

The program is the Residential Sound Insulation Program at San Diego International Airport. The FAA has determined that some residences around SAN may be eligible for sound insulation treatments to mitigate aircraft noise, and has set a goal of reducing noise levels for eligible residents by at least five decibels. inside the house.

“Given the location of our airport and its proximity to homes and businesses, there are many opportunities for this money to be used,” said Kimberly Becker, President and CEO of the Airport Authority. . “We appreciate the FAA’s recognition of our efforts to address aircraft noise through the Quieter Home program.”

Primarily, the grant funding will be used to soundproof approximately 400 to 500 homes per year, depending on the size of the home. The program has recently expanded to non-residential soundproofing facilities, and part of the grant will go to treat two churches and preschool facilities in areas most affected by aircraft noise.

The authority estimates that once the program is launched, a noise-sensitive non-residential property can be soundproofed within a year.

“The amount provided to the airport authority to conduct the Quieter Home program is far greater than what we received last year and recognizes the continued hard work we have done during the pandemic,” said Sjohnna Knack, Head of environmental planning and affairs program. the division that deals with aircraft noise. “I encourage residents of the area to request more information and see if they are eligible for the Quieter Home program. Most of the funds support local vendors, contractors and staff which benefits our region.

Through the program, homes can receive renovated exterior doors and windows, the installation of a ventilation system and other items such as weatherstripping and caulking around openings.

Since its inception, the program has redeveloped more than 4,500 single and multi-family residences immediately east and west of the airport.

For more information on the Quieter Home program, click here.

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