Los Angeles World Airports funds residential sound insulation

Environmental Noise

Losa Angeles, California - The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today authorized staff to enter into a Letter of Agreement with the City of El Segundo for its Residential Sound Insulation Grant Program and to release $9.225 million for an eligible noise-mitigation project.

The LAWA grant, combined with a $5-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will enable the City of El Segundo to execute Grant Implementation Plan 6, which calls for soundproofing 287 single and multifamily dwellings that are impacted by operations at Los Angeles International Airport.

The project cost covers all acoustical, architectural, engineering, construction and administrative activities. Construction contractors typically install double-paned windows, solid-core doors, fireplace doors and dampers, attic baffles, insulation, and other elements to achieve a targeted interior noise level of 45 decibels.

Completion of these units will result in the City of El Segundo having sound insulated 2,160 units, or 38 percent, of its 4,537 eligible dwelling units.

The grant is in accordance with the Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport Master Plan Stipulated Settlement Agreement reached in February 2006. The agreement calls for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the Los Angeles City department that owns and operates LAX, to provide up to $22.5 million annually through 2015 to the cities of El Segundo and Inglewood, and the County of Los Angeles for noise-mitigation grants.

El Segundo began accepting LAWA sound insulation grants in 2006. To date, it has received LAWA grants totaling $40.6 million and FAA grants totaling $48.1 million for an overall total of $88.7 million in combined funding.