Changing JFK flight patterns could create more noise for Nassau residents

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People who live in some parts of Nassau County could soon be dealing with a lot more noise from jets heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A meeting was held Wednesday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to discuss the $355 million project to rehabilitate a busy runway at JFK that is set to begin next year.

The runway, which handles about half of the airport's arrivals, will be resurfaced with a durable concrete that Port Authority says will lengthen its lifespan. A new high-speed taxiway will also be added.

But because of those projects, the runway will close in April until the end of 2019. The airport's three other runways will have to pick up the slack in its place.

Larry Hoppenhauer, executive director of Hempstead's Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee,says he has concerns about the changing flight patterns.

"You're outside in the good weather and you can't carry on conversations because you have to wait for the planes to pass," says Hoppenhauer.

Officials say during construction, they expect more noise in North Valley Stream and Valley Stream.

The meeting was the last of three, the other two being earlier this week in Queens.

Port Authority is taking comments on the project until Oct. 29.

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