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Oxford Airport to Get $5 Million

Money will go toward buying homes near the airport.

 will receive $5 million to acquire land and homes near the airport, two Connecticut lawmakers announced in a news release Tuesday.

Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., praised the release of over $8 millionn from the Federal Aviation Administration for improvements to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and the Waterbury-Oxford Airport, which is located in Oxford.

Bradley International will receive $3.36 million for sound insulation of approximately 100 homes in the Windsor Locks area of Hartford, and the Waterbury-Oxford Airport will receive $5 million for land acquisition of nearby homes impacted by airport noise, the release stated. Approximately 300 residents will benefit from these combined noise mitigation measures, according to the release. The homes affected near the Waterbury-Oxford Airport are in Middlebury.

“Bradley and Waterbury-Oxford are two essential airports in Connecticut,” Lieberman stated in the release. “It’s critical that we continue to invest in these airports, not only to increase safety and efficiency for the travelers who pass through them, but also to improve the quality of life for the many residents who live nearby, which these grants do.”

“These resources are essential to making necessary changes that benefit the people surrounding Bradley and Waterbury-Oxford Airports,” Blumenthal stated in the release. “It is essential that we continue to make the investments necessary that keep our infrastructure up to date – including our airports, roads and bridges – and I will continue to fight for these funds so that we are able to maintain and expand our transportation systems.”

State officials and other have studied the noise complaints at the airport for several years. A noise study completed last year indicates that the residents have reason for complaint because the area is considered a "noise impact area," per federal standards, according to a website formed in partnership with the state Department of Transportation titled www.oxcstudies.com that has information about the noise issues at the airport. The informational wesbite states the noise study indicated the following recommendations could be implemented:

  • Voluntary acquisition of homes in the Triangle Hills neighborhood located within the airport's Runway Protection Zone, or RPZ.
  • Voluntary acquisition or sound insulation of homes in the Triangle Hills neighborhood that are not within the RPZ.
  • Directing more aircraft activity to depart to the south when conditions permit, in order to reduce takeoffs over the populated areas of Middlebury.
  • Conduct other operational modifications that may reduce noise levels adjacent to the Airport and result in more consistent flight patterns.
  • Recommendations for local zoning and subdivision regulations that would reduce the future potential for airport noise impacts. These land use measures can only be implemented by the Towns.
The Good People of Triangle-Hills April 13, 2013 at 09:45 PM
OMG. Someone has to say it. Who are these multi-posting, self-proclaimed experts? Quite simply, and with all due respect, who gives a hoot what you think on these issues unless you live in this neighborhood. Not a heart-felt moment of empathy in any of your "fact-sheet" postings or self-righteous diatribes. Please get off your soap-boxes, get your noses out of our business and satisfy your anal-retentive need to research something or to pound your Tarzan-like chest, elsewhere. Good God!
Jennifer Hamilton November 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Okay, I know I am extremely late to the party, but if anyone gets this comment and could respond, I would greatly appreciate it! I used to live in Middlebury on triangle Boulevard many years ago. I recently was very excited to see on Zillow my old house on the market, so I decided to take a drive over there. To my horror and shock, my house had completely vanished, along with all the homes of my neighbors. After investigating and a little research I realize it is due to the airport being built. Can anyone answer my question in regards to people that want to stay in their home? Do they have to move? Is the state buying all of their homes and forcing them out or giving them an option? Are they going to stop paving the streets if the homeowners decide to stay there? And is there anyway possible to purchase a home in that area ever again? Thank you in advance for anyone who can answer my questions!
T. Smith November 03, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Jennifer: The Master Plan for the Airport called for extending the runway - I think it was about 800 feet or so, but I don't remember exactly how much - and the extra length called for the removal of a number of homes in that area in the Runway Safety Zone at the end of the runway. In addition, a number of homes remaining received noise abatement measures (new windows, insulation, weatherstripping and the like) as part of the project. That land is not owned by the State and no homes will be built on the exact footprint where the removed homes once stood, but that does not mean the whole neighborhood is going away. To the best of my knowledge (which might be sparse at best) what's done is done.
T. Smith November 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Oops - typo in the previous post: That land is NOW owned by the State......
Jennifer Hamilton November 03, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Thanks so much for your response, T. Smith. I guess you really can't go home again! That was very informative. I appreciate it!

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