Durbin Announces $4.9 Million in DOT Funding for O'Hare Noise Mitigation

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $4.9 million in funding to the City of Chicago for noise mitigation measures at St. Tarcisius Elementary School near Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The private school is made up of four buildings on the northwest side of Chicago and serves more than 370 students. This grant will fund construction on sound proofing efforts including insulated windows, additional roofing and ceiling insulation, improved doors, HVAC modifications and other similar measures.


“Today’s funding will help create a better learning environment for children at St. Tarcisius Elementary School, which is just a few miles away from O’Hare Airport” Durbin said. “It will ensure that modernizations at O’Hare Airport – which is a critical transportation link for Illinois and the entire Midwest – don’t adversely affect our children or our schools.”


St. Tarcisius Elementary School was tested for noise impact in 2011, and was determined to meet both Federal Aviation Administration and City of Chicago aircraft noise metrics in order to be eligible for sound insulation, and the Archdiocese of Chicago has recently completed the sound insulation design work.