Crews at Yakima airport are prepared for winter weather

Crews at Yakima airport are prepared for winter weather

YAKIMA, Wash. - Crews at the Yakima Air Terminal are getting some new tools to make sure you don't get delayed.

The airport purchased a new broom machine. It is a $600,000 piece of equipment that removes all snow off the runway, leaving bare asphalt so snow can't re-freeze.

Airport Director Rob Peterson said any form of ice on the runway causes the airport to shut down and begin their de-icing process.

"One icing event will cause the airport to spend about $5,000-$10,000 depending on how much equipment and how much de-ice is required to put down on the surface," he said.

Peterson said crews are working on using a liquid de-icer that can go in the grooves of the runway for the 2018-19 snow season. The airport also plans to buy two more broom machines and a snow blower that will cost around $1.8 million.

Peterson said local tax dollars are not used to pay for the airport's equipment, that money comes from federal grants.

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