The new "bad weather" runway that opened two weeks ago at O'Hare International Airport has been used almost every day, handling up to 350 flights daily and spreading jet noise to outlying suburban neighborhoods where planes formerly flew high overhead.
Such heavy use of the runway wasn't anticipated by airport officials at this early stage of the O'Hare expansion project.
The noise produced by planes landing on the new runway, the first one at O'Hare in 37 years, will be discussed Friday by angry residents from Park Ridge, Des Plaines and other towns east of O'Hare at a meeting of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.
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