South Denver metro area braces for potential flight-path changes

in Community/Local Roundup

Disruptions to daily life and disturbances to the environment are among the consequences south metro-area mayors fear could land on their cities if a federal plan to reroute airplane traffic is implemented as it has appeared so far.

“People want go to our parks and have a picnic lunch, or read a book under a tree,” said Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman, who said residents could have to react to quality-of-life changes. “The community isn’t equipped to deal with that.”

The Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen project — an effort to increase safety and efficiency of air transportation across the country — began in 2007 and is expected to be largely in place by 2025. The FAA tags it as “one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in U.S. history.”

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