Massport has been trying to get the runway built for years, mostrecently contending that the flight delays at Logan necessitatedthe project. But a number of local municipalities, including theCity of Boston, objected, claiming that it would exacerbate thearea's problem with noise and pollution.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the runway its approvallast summer, with a number of restrictions, including that therunway be used only in the case of extreme winds. This ruling ledto a suit filed in federal court by a number of opponents to theproject, including the Communities Against Runway Expansion, acoalition of groups from 30 communities around Boston. The suitclaims that the FAA did not sufficiently recognize the potentialimpact the runway would have on the affected communities.

Calls to Communities Against Runway Expansion were not returnedby deadline, but on the group's website it says that the case inWashington, DC against the FAA continues. Jose Juves, spokespersonfor Massport, tells that he doesn't anticipate that thecase will impact the construction of the runway. "This was the lastlegal hurdle," he says, referring to the lifted injunction.Construction, he adds, will begin in the spring or summer of2004.

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