Since the previous update on the Arlington fence project, OCFEC's Director of Facilities, Jerry Eldridge, has been asked a few questions. OCFEC would like to share those questions and answers with the Equestrian community.
As the crew works in the area of the back fencing, will the crew work in sections that they will be able to block off with other temporary fencing for safety?
In speaking to the contractor, they believe they can remove and reinstall about 200 linear feet of chainlink fence per day. OCFEC will be installing temporary fencing that will separate the back dirt road, paralleling Arlington, from the barns, as well as installing an end cap on the road to keep horses and patrons from traversing down the road from either end of the facility.
Will the roadway area remain the same width (so that horse trailers, work and emergency vehicles can continue to pass freely)?
The roadway will remain the same width; however, the roadway will not be accessible while the fence installation work is being performed. If for any reason there is an emergency, the work area and fence panels are easily movable to allow necessary vehicles in and out.
What is the plan to enclose/contain the area during construction to ensure safety of horses and public (should one get loose)?
OCFEC will be installing temporary fencing that will separate the back dirt road, paralleling Arlington, from the barns, as well as installing an end cap on the road to keep horses and patrons from traversing down the road from either end of the facility.
What material(s) will the new fence be made of?
The fence will be the same material as the current fence – chainlink. The chainlink fence will be 8 feet tall and have a privacy slat in it, as the existing fence has.
Will this fence also have barbed wire?
The current plan of the new fence is to install the 8-foot high fence and reinstall barbed wire on the top north side, Arlington street side, of the fence only. The current fence is 5-foot high with barbed wire on both sides, north and south. Concern has been expressed regarding the safety of barbed wire, so this is open for discussion assessing the positives and negatives of the application. The use of barbed wire on the fencing will be an item on the agenda during the previously announced fire alarm meeting on Nov. 27.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email OCFEC's Director of Facilities Jerry Eldridge at