Livingston Municipal Airport working through completing its fencing project.
Airport Committee Chair Jason Duke said that is the main project the airport is focusing on now. He said there are approximately three miles of fencing around the runway crews are having to work on and replace.
“And the fence primarily is to keep wildlife out because you don’t want to strike a deer or other wildlife,” Duke said. “So the fence has to be replaced. Because right now most of our fence is just woven wire.”
Duke said the fencing also has to be completed up to federal standards. He said a third party had to come in and perform a wildlife survey to determine what type of wildlife, size, and frequency could pose issues for aircraft.
Duke said as a result of the survey, they had to construct an eight-foot fence with razor wire top to keep wildlife out. He said they are currently in the process of land acquisition to get an easement and move the fence 50 feet back. Duke said that is a requirement that comes from the height of the fence and its proximity to the line of sight for an aircraft landing on the runway.
“And so due to the fact that the runway might be widened one day, for example, our airport runway is 75 feet wide,” Duke said. “But other airports, you look at Crossville or Cookeville, they have 100-foot wide runways because certain smaller jets require a 100-foot clearance for insurance or safety purposes.”