Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Airport area schools to be soundproofed by MTA

03/03/2005 from
by Philip Newman

The Port Authority plans to spend a record $48 million soundproofing
30 schools near airports in the New York metropolitan area, with 11 of
them in Queens.

The agency will spend $14.4 million of the total expenditure soundproofing Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park.

"The Port Authority recognizes its responsibility to be a good neighbor to those who live, work and learn near its facilities," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles Gargano.

"Our children need school buildings that provide an atmosphere conducive to learning," he said. "The ongoing soundproofing program has benefited dozens of schools in New York and New Jersey and helped to ensure continued quality educational environments for our students."

Since 1983 the Port Authority has invested $319 million to soundproof 77 schools in New York and New Jersey. The $8 million just approved is a record amount for such projects.

The soundproofing program is a joint effort of the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration, which contributes up to 95 percent of the costs through the Airport Improvement Program. The Port Authority administers the work and makes up the remainder of the cost.

Besides Beach Channel, other schools to be soundproofed and the amount of money to be spent on each project: PS 146 Q in Howard Beach $100,000; IS 189 Q in Rockaway Park $100,000; PS 195 Q in Rosedale $100,000; IS 198 Q in Arverne $500,000; St. Pius X in Rosedale $100,000; College of Aeronautics in Flushing $6.5 million; John Bowne High School in Flushing $5.9 million; Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights $100,000; Msgr. McClancy Memorial School in East Elmhurst $100,000; St. Michael in Flushing $100,000.
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