Noise Changes Coming to SJ Airport

Sunday, Sep 20, 2009  |  Updated 12:52 PM PDT
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Noise Changes Coming to SJ Airport

A small change at the San Jose airport could make a big difference in noise.

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South San Jose residents might notice a change in aircraft approaches over their neighborhoods beginning Monday, when a runway at the Mineta San Jose International Airport will be closed for renovations, according to officials.
 
The airport will close its main commercial runway, which is used for commercial aircraft landing, to allow crews to begin construction of the first phase of a taxiway extension on the west side of the airfield.

During the closure, the airport will use an alternate runway, which is normally only used for departures, for both arrivals and departures, officials said. Consequently, aircraft approaches will shift slightly to the east of the normal flight path.

The main commercial runway is expected to reopen Oct. 6.

The federally funded Taxiway W project aims to enhance the safety of general aviation aircraft movements and further reduce the risk of accidents on the airfield. 

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