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O’Hare Runway Rotation Plan:
Third Test Period Begins July 23, 2017
In July 2016, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a six-month test of a Fly Quiet II Runway Rotation Plan to try to bring nighttime noise relief to residents living near O’Hare International Airport. The goal of the Fly Quiet II Runway Rotation Plan, developed by the ONCC in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Suburban O’Hare Commission and the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition, was to achieve a more balanced distribution of overnight noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities. During this test, which lasted through December 2016, the percentage of time the designated runways were used was about 75%. The Village of Hoffman Estates voted against this first test due to concerns about negative impacts on the residents. Some communities reported positive effects while others stated there were negative impacts.
At its meeting in March 2017, the Noise Commission discussed implementing a Test 2 runway rotation plan, a modified version of the first trial. The Village voted against the second test phase (as was the case for Test 1) for two primary reasons. First, nighttime rotation would continue to use a diagonal northwest oriented runway on a periodic basis over the 12 week test period, which directs more flights toward the Village. Second, this diagonal runway is to be decommissioned by the end of 2018 so keeping it in a runway rotation test is not a good indicator of long term effects. While the Village and several neighboring communities voted against this second rotation test, it was approved by the majority of Commission members. The trial started on April 30, 2017 and lasted for 12 weeks.
A Test 3 rotation plan was approved at the June 2017 full Commission meeting. Test 3 excludes the diagonal runway scheduled to be decommissioned in 2018 from the nighttime rotation and was supported by the Village. Test 3 began on July 23, 2017 and will be in effect through mid-October. You can find specific dates for the rotation trial, along with a brief survey, by visiting www.airportprojects.net/flyquiettest/.
Residents are encouraged to continue to report noise complaints using the ONCC website as before (www.oharenoise.org using the link in the upper right of the Noise Commission page). Information about the second phase of the runway rotation test will be posted at oharenoise.org.
Airplane Noise Complaints
To file a complaint about airplane noise, please use this link provided by the O’Hare Noise Commission: Airplane Noise Complaints. It is important for people to submit information to document the numbers and types of issues to the Commission and the City of Chicago so that patterns can be identified and solutions be developed to address concerns.
Transportation and Engineering Division
The Transportation and Engineering Division covers a large array of tasks in the planning, design, review, construction, inspection and operation of public and private infrastructure in the Village.
One of the main responsibilities is retail, office and residential site plan review and private and public construction inspection. In addition, project design, inspection services and all project management are provided for Village projects such as the annual street project, sidewalk improvements, drainage improvements, crack sealing and other utility projects.
We also monitor the condition of facilities for vehicles and pedestrians, perform traffic safety and operational studies, coordinate with public transit agencies, and cooperate with state, county, and local jurisdictions on projects of mutual interest. Division members serve as part of an interdisciplinary team to plan, design, and operate public and private transportation facilities in a safe and efficient manner.
The Transportation & Engineering Division also provides services to residents such as drainage inspections, grading concerns, flood plain inquiries, traffic studies, signage and striping, and public transit inquiries.
Phone Number: (847) 252-5800
- Road Construction Specific Questions
- Bike and Pedestrian Specific Questions
- Canadian National Project Specific Questions
- Mike Hankey, Director of Transportation & Engineering
- Alan Wenderski, Village Engineer
- Marty Salerno, Street Rehabilitation Manager
- Shelley Walenga, Civil Engineer
- Joseph Weesner, Senior Transportation Engineer
*Please note: Information contained on linked pages is not produced, controlled or maintained by the Village of Hoffman Estates.