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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Steve Fischio, 209-342-2220
Release Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 4:34 PM

Airport Obstruction Removal Projects

The Modesto City-County Airport has begun to carry out two projects that deal with the removal of tree obstructions that have grown into the federally-regulated airspace surrounding the Airport. The first project is identified as on-airport property tree removal/ pruning and the second deals with selected tree removal/ pruning on private property with avigation easements. The work will take place in several phases as the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and CEQA/ NEPA studies are completed. The projects have been identified on the Airport Capital Improvement Program Summary and will take a little over a year to complete and can be expected to run through spring 2015.


Under Federal Aviation Administration requirements, the Modesto City-County Airport is responsible for ensuring the airspace at MOD remains free of obstructions to continue to maintain safe aircraft operations. The grove of trees between runway 28R and the Tuolumne River have grown to heights that are beginning to penetrate regulated airspace. As growth continues, the trees could affect the instruments that help aircraft land on the runway.


The issue of trees encroaching on the airspace near runway 28R has long been identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a conflict that would eventually need to be addressed. In the past trees were topped, providing a window of protection for the airspace, unfortunately, this was not a long-term solution.


A Public Meeting has been scheduled to discuss both projects on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the following location:


Tenth Street Place - Room 2001

1010 10th Street

Modesto, CA 95353