Increase in Love Field Noise Due to Runway Reconstruction

After receiving a number of complaints about noise related to planes taking off at Love Field Airport, I obtained the following update from city staff:

The west parallel runway at Love Field, Runway 13R-31L, which runs parallel to Denton Dr., was closed on September 7 for reconstruction of seven connecting taxiways. This project replaces asphalt sections of each taxiway with concrete, and was necessary because the asphalt sections had required emergency repairs at various times the past several years. This project requires the runway to be closed because the work takes place inside the runway safety area. Of course, closure of this runway forces all aircraft to use the east parallel, Runway 13L-31R, which runs parallel to Lemmon Ave. The increase in traffic on this runway is resulting in the noise complaints.

The project is expected to last until November 20, barring any days lost to weather. Knowing this project would be noise-sensitive, we allowed the least amount of time possible for the contractor to complete the work. The contract provides for liquidated damages for delays in completion, and the contractor is working 15-20 hours, 7 days a week in an attempt to avoid liquidated damages.