Tucson, Ariz. (May 8, 2012)-The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has completed its residential sound insulation program to minimize the effects of noise in neighborhoods near Tucson International Airport (TIA).
The insulation program is one of several noise compatibility initiatives completed by TAA, inside and outside airport boundaries. Previous on-airport improvements include moving the main runway half a mile to the southeast, constructing an engine run-up apron, instituting a preferential runway use policy and placing restrictions on nighttime operations.
Outside TIA boundaries, the Authority has worked with local agencies on the adoption of land use regulations and continued promotion of compatible development in the airport environs, as well as acoustically treating 1,121 homes and Mission Manor Elementary School over the past 20 years as part of the residential sound insulation effort.
This voluntary program retrofitted eligible single-family residences within the 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level (LDN) noise contour with specialized doors and windows and modified ventilation systems at no cost to homeowners.
At an average cost per residence of $27,000, the $30 million program was funded by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, as well as matching TAA funds.
TAA is currently updating the Tucson International Airport Noise Part 150 Study, which includes a series of measures and recommended strategies to promote compatibility.