Noise at Eugene Airport on the rise, neighbors say

Many living near the Eugene Airport are frustrated, saying there's been an increase in noise coming from one of the runways.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 7:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --  Many living near the Eugene Airport are frustrated, saying there's been an increase in noise coming from one of the runways.

Samuel Brackett has lived by the Eugene Airport for the last 14 years.

"When we first moved here, I think it was 2005. There were not a lot of noises," Brackett said. "As a matter of fact, if i would've known, I would not have moved here.

In recent weeks, the noise from planes taking off and landing has gotten worse, according to Brackett.

That's because he lives by the secondary runway, the only runway that's being used this summer. Andrew Martz with the Eugene Airport told KEZI 9 News the main runway will be shut down until September because of construction on the taxiways. 

The reason the sound has gotten increasingly worse for neighbors like Brackett is because every single plane that flies in or out of the airport is on the east side, which lines up perfectly with his subdivision. Usually they use both runways, but now the traffic patterns have changed.

Martz says it all comes down to safety and making sure everything is up to code for the well-being of fliers. The construction will not affect travelers’ flights or future commutes. Martz said the only thing that will change this summer is the runway that is being used for takeoffs and landings.

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