NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Traffic remains a top concern for residents on both the New Haven and East Haven sides of Tweed-New Haven Airport.
Neighbors near the airport made it clear that they want their voices heard during the expansion process.
“My biggest concern is definitely air traffic and noise. With expansion, just noise coming to and from the airport and of course traffic, we had these speed bumps put in along Hall Street a few years back because of speeding and just how much traffic was coming through the area,” said New Haven resident Donald Cox.
Tweed-New Haven Airport Executive Director Sean Scanlon wants resident input on how to ease those traffic concerns.
“We obviously are going to have a lot more activity here at the airport in a short period of time and we want to make sure that when that period happens, that we are doing the best we can to make sure that traffic is calm and safe,” Scanlon said.
Officials held a public meeting Thursday to discuss these kinds of concerns and the airport’s upcoming expansion.
Neighbors sounded off with questions during the meeting, pertaining to the quality of life in their neighborhood that is nestled right near the small airport.
“There’s little to no police coverage… We are always begging for this to happen and it never happens, so what are you going to do to make sure it happens for increasing car and truck traffic?,” one meeting attendee asked.
During the meeting, airport leaders and engineers responded:
“That is something we are willing to work on and the city feels the same so again, I think it’s [an] important question but we don’t have a game plan, but I do think the point is well taken.”
Scanlon told News 8 resident input is vital during this process.
“Our long term goal is to move this airport out of a mostly residential neighborhood in New Haven to a mostly commercial one in East Haven, but for the next two years, the airport is going to be here as we get more flights which is a good thing but during that time we want to make sure we’re being good neighbors,” Scanlon said.
“So that means putting things like speed bumps on these streets, making sure that we’re paying for a law enforcement presence to enforce big speeders.”
Scanlon says he plans to address noise concerns as well when it comes to this airport expansion. He says the current plan dedicates $1.5 million to noise mitigation efforts for homes in the area.