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Article: Neighbors Protest PHL Airfield Expansion

Sat Apr 17, 2004 2:27 am

From today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

Neighbors decry airport expansion

In Ridley Twp., residents told the FAA of noise and structural damage. Some voiced frustration.

By Tina Moore and Tom Belden
Inquirer Staff Writers

Residents complained of vibrating houses, cracked walls and unusable decks last night at the last of three meetings in the Philadelphia region detailing the expansion at Philadelphia International Airport, which is plagued by chronic delays.

"I know that it's progress. But there has to be a way everyone could be considered," said Nancy Knorr, who moved into her home in Tinicum Township, which holds two-thirds of the airport, 11 years ago. "Nobody wants to buy my house."

The four-hour meeting in Ridley Township had attracted about 100 people by its halfway point. Many of the residents who moved among poster-board maps and charts to ask questions of airport officials and consultants said they were growing weary of meetings.

The Federal Aviation Administration held meetings over the summer to get input from residents about expansion plans. The FAA held meetings this week in Paulsboro, Gloucester County, and Claymont, Del., to inform residents of the project's progress. Those communities would be affected by air traffic.

Robert Rein of Tinicum said last night's meeting frustrated him. "It's bogus. They tell you this and they tell you that," he said. Rein wants the FAA to pay for his house so he can move away. He said the noise was not as bad two years ago when he built a deck. "You can't even have a conversation there now," he said.

The FAA has said the expansion was necessary to decrease the current average 10-minute delay in flights. Philadelphia's airport ranks sixth-worst in the nation for delays, and that creates a domino effect for airports across the country.

"Basically, by the year 2020, the delays could increase to upwards of 20 minutes per flight on average," said Alan R. A'Hara, vice president of DMJM Aviation, the city's expansion consultant.

Neighbors of the airport have long complained of noise and pollution from jets. Both expansion proposals under consideration include acquiring land in Tinicum Township, which has about five square miles and 4,300 residents.

Over the last year, the city and its consulting firm have narrowed 29 expansion options at the 2,300-acre airport to two: the parallel and the diagonal concepts.

The parallel option would maintain the airport's current configuration of runways, while extending them and adding one. The diagonal option would reconfigure the airport entirely, building runways that would cut diagonally across the current ones.

Expansion is expected to be complete between 2012 and 2015. Before the city begins, however, it plans to provide a short-term fix to the delay problem by extending a runway previously used mainly for propeller planes. The expansion of Runway 17-35 should be complete by 2006 or 2007, officials said.

In Paulsboro, most of the two dozen or so questions submitted on cards were of a general nature, about the way air traffic moves over South Jersey now. Only a few got specific.

"You're only lengthening it to get in the larger planes," Paulsboro Councilman John Gentile said. "The larger planes are going to cause more noise."

Philadelphia Aviation Director Charles J. Isdell said at the New Jersey meeting that the airport had no authority to keep any airline - including new entrants to the market such as Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines, both of which will begin service to Philadelphia in May - from operating as many flights as it wants to.

Airport officials said more public meetings would be held in the fall, when a draft environmental-impact statement is ready.

Last night, Janette Dziadon of Rose Valley said she worried about the future. "My concern is that once expansion starts, it's never going to stop."

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Contact staff writer Tina Moore at 610-313-8133 or tmoore@phillynews.com.

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© 2004 Philadelphia Inquirer and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.philly.com


For those who were wondering why it takes so long to expand an airfield (especially at PHL), this is one of the reasons. I commented on this through a couple of responses to some earlier PHL/WN posts.


[Edited 2004-04-16 19:29:27]
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RE: Article: Neighbors Protest PHL Airfield Expansion

Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:09 am

"I know that it's progress. But there has to be a way everyone could be considered," said Nancy Knorr, who moved into her home in Tinicum Township, which holds two-thirds of the airport, 11 years ago. "Nobody wants to buy my house."

Apparently, Ms. Knorr didn't notice the massive airport just north of where she bought her house 11 years ago.....
 
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RE: Article: Neighbors Protest PHL Airfield Expansion

Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:13 am

Apparently, Ms. Knorr didn't notice the massive airport just north of where she bought her house 11 years ago.....

Actually the airport's located EAST of the residential area of Tinicum Township.
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