Neighbors lament trees cut for Talkeetna airport expansion

    People living near the Talkeetna Airport are upset because expansions to the site have required many large trees to be cut down.

     

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — People living near the Talkeetna Airport are upset because expansions to the site have required many large trees to be cut down.

    KTUU-TV reports that residents say without the trees they have a clear view of the airport, which shuttles tourists and climbers to Denali as well as fielding local traffic.

    The Alaska Department of Transportation is working to add new taxi lanes, access roads and aprons — areas where planes can taxi and park — to the airport.

    ADOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says the FAA funded project required the trees be removed.

    Some Talkeetna residents say they worry the noise from the busy airport will increase without the foliage, but McCarthy says the trees that were removed were not particularly effective for noise control.

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