November 9The 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. 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 Detroit metropolitan area, and three will be held in the Cleveland area.

The projects 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 todays standards.

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

Detroit Area Workshops
November 28, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (Hubbard Ballroom
15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126
November 29, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Dozier Recreation Complex (Meeting Lounge)
2025 Middlebelt Road, Inkster, MI, 48141
November 30, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Sumpter Township Community Center (Gymnasium)
23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville, MI, 48111
Cleveland Area Workshops
December 5, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Don Umerley Civic Center (Memorial Hall)
21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH, 44116
December 6, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Gunning Park Recreation Center (Gymnasium)
16700 Puritas Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44135
December 7, 2017
5-8 p.m.
Baldwin Wallace University Student Union/Strosacker Hall (Sandstone 3 Conference Room)
120 East Grand St., Berea, OH 44017

The FAA will make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs. People with special communication or accommodation needs may contact Bill Keller of ATAC Corp. at 408-736-2822 at least two days prior to the workshop.

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 CenterOperations Support Group
10101 Hillwood Pkwy, 4th Floor South
Fort Worth, TX 76177

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