Rock Blasting at CHO Causing Disturba...

Rock Blasting at CHO Causing Disturbance, Damage for Homeowners

There are 22 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 2, 2013, titled Rock Blasting at CHO Causing Disturbance, Damage for Homeowners. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Albemarle County homeowners are "blasting" the Charlottesville regional airport over its runway construction project.

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sulh

Rocky Mount, VA

#1 Apr 3, 2013
cheaply built, overpriced homes. that is the bottom line.
uheeoifgqerf

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Apr 3, 2013
Do you think that the cracks are from the dry winter? And your septic tank should be pumped every five years. Duh!!!
Reva Madison

Ruckersville, VA

#3 Apr 3, 2013
Im always of two minds when I read a report like this one. Yes, it appears, from reports, that airport extension blasting is causing damages to the homes, and possibly septic systems. Around here, you an barely dig down anywhere, with any depth, without hitting rock. The airport commission, and county building experts would have known about that, prior to any expansion approval. From the sounds of it, it is only monetarily viable to expand the runway, to gain greater use of the airport. This damage, I would hope, has been figured in to the final total costs. I also wonder, not living near there, if these homes were built, after the airport was constructed? Many time, as in the case of Dulles International, for example, there were no nearby homes, except a few farm houses, and mostly those were purchased as part of the land acquisition for the new airport. Meanwhile, thousands of people have purchased property, homes, and businesses near the airport. Then the first thing that happened was that hundreds, if not thousands of them, came up complaining of aircraft noise, pollution, and traffic congestion. I do not feel sorry for those folks at all. You decide to live next to such an activity, that is your problem. In this case, were these properties already in use by families, of were they built after the airport was in use? One also has to know, there will be expansion of such facilities, and need to take that into consideration before buying or building.
DirtKicker

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 3, 2013
Walnut Hills was built after the airport was in place. They knew what they were getting into when they bought their homes. Big expensive homes at the end of a very active runway, never made any sense.
Mark

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Apr 3, 2013
DirtKicker wrote:
Walnut Hills was built after the airport was in place. They knew what they were getting into when they bought their homes. Big expensive homes at the end of a very active runway, never made any sense.
I agree residents of homes built after the airport in place knew what they were getting in to. As a result, I wouldn't be too sympathetic if they complained about noise from planes.

Blasting in a way that damaged structures, if that is what happened here, is an entirely different issue.

I expect the residents will have a hard time proving the blasting caused these problems, even if it did. I just hope their homeowners policies will cover it and let the insurance company fight with the contractor and airport.

The airport's press release doesn't earn them any good neighbor points. Basically,'not our problem - talk to the contractor'- they appear unconcerned that the contract they hired may be damaging nearby homes.

Bad PR move CHO.
cvilleman

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Apr 3, 2013
could somebody please explain to me why they need so much runway for such a little airport. how many flights come in and out of there daily?
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 3, 2013
I'm not familiar with the homes in question, were they built before that last big quake, hmmmmmmmmmmmm
highwayman

Waynesboro, VA

#8 Apr 3, 2013
I'm with the airport on this one. Those homes over there have been around 10 years. The airport has been there since the 50's!?! It happens every day across this great country. Airports go up 10-15 miles outside of a town /city and then the cheaply built homes go up on the cheap land. Denver's airport was built 20 miles outside of the city in the middle of no where and yet they found themselves in court over noise abatement for a new development a few years ago.
Reva Madison

Ruckersville, VA

#9 Apr 3, 2013
uheeoifgqerf wrote:
Do you think that the cracks are from the dry winter? And your septic tank should be pumped every five years. Duh!!!
Uhhhh dry? Ch 29 says 3 inches above normal already this year. And no, a proper built and maintained septic does not need to be drained every 5 years. Mine is 26 years old, and has been pumped once.
Reva Madison

Ruckersville, VA

#10 Apr 3, 2013
cvilleman wrote:
could somebody please explain to me why they need so much runway for such a little airport. how many flights come in and out of there daily?
That has been explained in news reports for the past couple of years, in newspapers, tv etc. Larger planes need more runway. Full planes indicated the need for large aircraft. A very busy small airport, due to the University, hospitals, and people who can afford to fly. I fly out of there instead of driving over an hour to Washington DC area. A 20 minute drive, cheap parking, faster boarding, planes going every which way - it would be foolish to do otherwise.
uheeoifgqerf

Wirtz, VA

#11 Apr 3, 2013
Reva Madison wrote:
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Uhhhh dry? Ch 29 says 3 inches above normal already this year. And no, a proper built and maintained septic does not need to be drained every 5 years. Mine is 26 years old, and has been pumped once.
Yes dry, when you run the heat in your house you create a dry environment that causes cracks in sheetrock, hardwood flooring, and sometimes make doors stick.
As far as the septic field, well not everybody maintains them properly so to those that don't know squat about maintaining one, then they should be pumped every 5 years or so to prevent sewage from backing up into the house and creating a very nasty and stinky mess because of poor or no maintenance.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Apr 4, 2013
from CHO's website

"Extending the runway will have significant meaning for travelers and business in Central Virginia.

More flights can be fully booked to depart from CHO; meaning more options for travel from Central Virginians."

http://www.gocho.com/index.php/community/bene...

I don't understand > more flights can be fully booked.
A longer runway means larger jets can land, but it does not allow for increased frequency of service, in fact, a larger jet could lead to schedule reduction.
Two runways would allow increased frequency. Not sure airlines are going to want to bring in larger jets to CHO, but I guess it makes sense at their peak early morning take offs to get more people out.
2012 load factor 82%
http://www.transtats.bts.gov/data_elements.as...
skannonh

Rocky Mount, VA

#14 Apr 4, 2013
huck wrote:
from CHO's website
"Extending the runway will have significant meaning for travelers and business in Central Virginia.
More flights can be fully booked to depart from CHO; meaning more options for travel from Central Virginians."
http://www.gocho.com/index.php/community/bene...
I don't understand > more flights can be fully booked.
A longer runway means larger jets can land, but it does not allow for increased frequency of service, in fact, a larger jet could lead to schedule reduction.
Two runways would allow increased frequency. Not sure airlines are going to want to bring in larger jets to CHO, but I guess it makes sense at their peak early morning take offs to get more people out.
2012 load factor 82%
http://www.transtats.bts.gov/data_elements.as...
they are doing it. what does it matter at this point why they are doing it? accept it. this "little town that wants to be a big city and yet stay a small town" syndrome is ridiculous.
DirtKicker

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Apr 4, 2013
The airlines have already expressed interest in expanding the service at CHO to destinations as far away as Houston, Denver, and Minneapolis all non-stop. Those trips require larger aircraft. Rumor is that there will be regular Boeing 757 flights out of there. As an avid plane watcher, I look forward to seeing the larger planes there.
jogger

Hillsville, VA

#16 Apr 4, 2013
i'm not convenced that cho can support additonal flights to houston,denver....etc....you know the extinct northwest airlines tried and failed on twice daily fights to and from detroit....a while back....I am glad to see the runway expansion..and personally would like to see a second runway added to the airport.....
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Apr 4, 2013
Mark wrote:
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The airport's press release doesn't earn them any good neighbor points. Basically,'not our problem - talk to the contractor'- they appear unconcerned that the contract they hired may be damaging nearby homes.
Bad PR move CHO.
Bad PR perhaps, but the contractor carries the insurance to cover risks associated with the construction. CHO is probably correct. They could have expressed themselves more diplomatically though.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#18 Apr 4, 2013
It was the earthquake darnet.
skannonh

Rocky Mount, VA

#19 Apr 4, 2013
sez you wrote:
It was the earthquake darnet.
it is piss poor construction.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Apr 4, 2013
skannonh wrote:
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it is **** poor construction.
Aw tree bofe of em.
Bologna Streets

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Apr 4, 2013
just close the airport, its cheaper to drive to Dulles or Richmond, then to pay the extra 400-600 additional charge.

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