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CNRA to install new perimeter fence using federal grant

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central Nebraska Regional Airport is one of seven in the state getting a cut of an $800 million federal grant to beef up safety and infrastructure.

According to a press release from the Federal Aviation Administration, the total includes $689 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $104.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent federal share.

The CNRA was originally allocated $2.2 million of grant money, but after recently receiving project bids, found they’ll need just half of that.

The airport will use the grant to install a new fence around the perimeter of the airfield. It’ll be specially designed to keep wildlife out.

“This has been in our pipeline for the last several years as part of our five-year Airport Capital Improvement Plan that we submit to the FAA annually,” said Mike Olson, executive airport director of the CNRA. “So this has been on our books for four or five years.”

Right now, 40-inch high posts with strands of barbed wire guard the perimeter. That will stay, and the new fence will be placed farther in to protect more critical areas.

The wildlife fence will be 10-feet tall with barbed wire at the top. It’ll span 35,000 linear feet. The fence will also have a skirt underground to prevent animals from burrowing underneath.

The 8-foot fence around the airport terminal won’t be changed.

Olson said their new fire house and fire truck, another project the airport received federal funding for, will be received and completed in September.

“Despite everything going on with the COVID-19 and the downturn of people flying, we’re still moving forward,” Olson said.

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