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Long Beach to vote on airport noise map

October 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
For the first time, the Long Beach City Council is scheduled to vote on a plan to enact the QuieterHome Program.The vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

City officials are expected to approve a map that outlines which areas are most affected by noise created by air traffic at the Long Beach Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration originally came up with the so-called noise contour map using data from 18 noise monitors around the airport. The map marked areas that were exposed to average noise levels of 65 decibels or higher in 2008.

According to that map, 27 homes, all at the southern end of the main runway, qualify for the $2.8 million QuieterHome Program.

The federally-funded program will make homes more soundproof by adding special windows, new exterior doors and attic insulation. The goal is to reduce noise levels to a maximum of 45 decibels.

This is the first year the airport has had to use the QuieterHome Program because commercial flights have reached their maximum.

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