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Federal Aviation Administration Announces Public Meeting in Boulder for Denver Metroplex Project

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a public meeting in Boulder on April 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Library Meadows Branch Meeting Room (4800 Baseline Road) to share information and collect feedback on the proposed Denver Metroplex project at Denver International Airport (DIA) and other Denver-area airports.

The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports, enhancing aviation safety and reducing flight delays.

Before the FAA can implement any new procedures, federal law and FAA policy require the FAA to conduct environmental reviews in accordance with NEPA. These reviews will lead to an Environmental Assessment (EA) expected to be finalized in 2019. As part of this review, the FAA will hold a series of community meetings in 2019 in which comments on the draft EA are welcome. The FAA will review all EA comments before making a final determination.

Until 2013, planes departing DIA used a route that passed a few miles south of Boulder. In 2013, the FAA changed the route as part of the agency’s NextGen program. While the new route takes advantage of better technology to minimize delays and fuel consumption, it now passes directly over Table Mesa, in south Boulder. In 2017, Mayor Suzanne Jones sent a letter on behalf of the Boulder City Council addressing concerns about increased airplane noise over the city of Boulder and requested that the FAA reconsider route options to help mitigate air traffic over the city.

The FAA will provide updates on the Denver Metroplex project website with information regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment and public workshops.

For more information about air traffic and noise regulations in Boulder, visit the Boulder Municipal Airport website

Published: April 12, 2019

Media Contacts:
Samantha Glavin, Media Relations, 720-667-9480
Gretchen King, Media Relations, 303-441-3005