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FOCUS: Residents near Louisville airport wait years for federal noise insulation

Muhammad Ali International has helped 647 homes get noise insulation since 2010, but thousands more are either ineligible or waiting for their turn.

Travis Breese

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Published: 6:18 PM EST December 15, 2022
Updated: 8:57 PM EST December 20, 2022

From the outside, Louisville's Schnitzelburg, Audubon neighborhoods and the city of Parkway Village seem like quiet areas to live. 

Sheri Ferguson, who lives on the east edge of Parkway Village, said she didn't think about that when she first moved into the neighborhood, "a lot of people don't."

Walk through Parkway Village on a nice afternoon and you're bound to see people walking their dogs or pushing their grandkids in strollers.

But if you stick around for a half hour, you're bound to see, and hear, airplanes.

"Those Army helicopters fly so low that it vibrates the house," Ferguson said.

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Airplane flies over a house located in Parkway Village.

Ferguson's house is about three blocks away from being directly under the flight path of the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

Because of the UPS Worldport, the airport is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world. According to Ferguson and many others, weeknights between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. are the worst. 

"At least twice a week I get woken up at 3 a.m.," she said.

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