New snow truck added to airport fleet

Sep 24, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

A new set of wheels soon will be cruising around the Riverton Regional Airport.

The Riverton City Council has approved a bid from Jack's Truck and Equipment for a new snow plow dump truck that will fill a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for the removal of snow and windrows at the airport.

The Riverton Regional Airport has a snow removal time frame requirement of an hour and a half. This new truck, airport officials said, will help meet that requirement.

Engineers estimated a cost of about $240,000 for a new truck and the winning bid was for $240,426. The purchase is part of the airport improvement project --93 percent of which is funded by the FAA, 4.5 percent by the state and 2.5 percent by the city.

Mayor Ron Warpness said the estimated $4,800 the city will have to pay is a good deal.

The truck

Airport division manager Paul Griffin said the new "specialty" truck will be built by Western Star and will comprise parts from various companies. He said the company has between 180 to 220 days to make the powerful chromed yellow truck.

Griffin also said he doesn't anticipate the vehicle will be used this winter.

The airport currently has two plow trucks and a blower unit. Staff said plow blades will be attached to the new truck, allowing the blower unit to perform on its own.

The truck also will be used during the summer to maintain the airport's access roads and safety areas along the runways and taxiways. City staff said the airport currently has to borrow a dump truck from the streets and alleys department during the summer.

"We're pleased that we got a chance to get this piece of equipment," Griffin said.

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