Airport noise settlement finalized

The battle between residents of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is finally over.

Yesterday, Judge Stephen Aldrich ruled that a $127 million settlement between the MAC and the cities of Minneapolis, Eagan and Richfield is fair. Additionally, those who participated in a separate class action lawsuit brought by residents against the MAC will be covered under the cities settlement.

The money will go toward providing noise mitigation benefits, such as central air conditioning, insulation and new windows, to roughly 9,000 homeowners who live near the airport.

Most eligible Southwest residents won’t receive the improvements for a few years — under the settlement terms the MAC has until Dec. 1, 2012 to install the benefits.

Homeowners in South Minneapolis and Richfield will get the products first.

To determine your home’s eligibility, visit and enter your address into the MAC’s interactive map.