The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex project that will be available for public comment beginning on Friday, November 10, 2017. The comment period will end on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Electronic versions of the Draft EA also will be available at 68 libraries in the study area, including Cuyahoga County branch libraries in North Olmsted, 27403 Lorain Road, and Rocky River Public Library at 1600 Hampton Road.

Residents may comment on the document electronically, through the U.S. mail, or at any of six open-house workshops, which will be held in late November and early December. Three of the workshops will be held in the Cleveland area.

The project’s proposed action would improve the efficiency of air traffic in and around the Cleveland and Detroit metropolitan areas. The project uses satellite-based technology to create changes to aircraft flight routes and altitudes in certain areas. Many of the routes overlay existing flight paths. It does not increase the number of aircraft taking off and landing, and it does not result in ground disturbance. Instead, the project develops more climbs and descents on departure and arrival routes, which can result in fewer delays. It enhances safety, and modernizes air traffic procedures to today’s standards.

The study area includes 12 airports areas around Cleveland and Detroit, including Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The FAA invites the public to review the documents before attending informational workshops at the times and locations listed below. Representatives from the FAA will be available to answer questions and will accept written comments.

Cleveland Area Workshops:

December 5, 2017 from 5-8 PM
Don Umerley Civic Center (Memorial Hall)
21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH, 44116

December 6, 2017 from 5-8 PM
Gunning Park Recreation Center (Gymnasium)
16700 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44135

December 7, 2017 from 5-8 PM
Baldwin Wallace University Student Union/Strosacker Hall (Sandstone 3 Conference Room)
120 East Grand St., Berea, OH 44017

Email comments to: 9-ASW-CLE-DTWOAPM-Comment@faa.gov

Comments can be submitted by regular mail to:

CLE-DTW Metroplex EA
Federal Aviation Administration
Central Service Center–Operations Support Group
10101 Hillwood Pkwy, 4th Floor South
Fort Worth, TX 76177

The comment period will close on Monday, December 11, 2017.