(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Regional Airport’s new snow plow has arrived in town and was shown off at Friday morning’s Riverton Airport Board meeting.
The snow plow is being fitted with an existing blade. Jack’s Truck and Equipment was the low bidder on the Western Star chassis in the amount of $240,426. The purchase was approved by the Riverton City Council last September.
Airport Manager Paul Griffin said the Federal Aviation Administration requires the airport to remove snow from the runway, taxiways and aprons in 90 minutes. With only one truck available for the job previously, the large snow blower has to be switched out with a blade. The airport, in winters past, had had to borrow trucks from the city’s streets department to meet the 90 minute time limit and for other maintenance needs on the airport property in the summer.
With the addition of this second truck, the airport should have its needs met.
Griffin also noted that the new asphalt laid down last September and October at the General Aviation Apron and along one taxiway is being repaired this week as part of that project did not meet tolerance specifications. Griffin said two inches of asphalt is being milled from areas of the apron and taxiway and is being repaved. The work is being done after the last flight of the evening and before the first flight in the morning. Maxwell Construction is making the repairs at their own cost.
Griffin said one of the projects that will be done this summer at the airport is the fog seal of the cross-wind runway and taxiway, followed by striping.