Cleveland's Stepped-up Snow Control

This article looks at the snow control efforts undertaken by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Key to the revamped snow removal operations plan is the purchase of six new multi-function equipment units (MFE) and a new strategy to the deploy them. Under the old system, using brooms and plows, the airport staff has noted that snow removal work well when done properly. However, clearing the two 9,000-foot airport runways would often cause operational disruptions as the process usually took 60 minutes for each. Once funding became available from Cleveland Hopkins’ dominant carrier, Continental Airlines, the airport decided that a MFE purchase would be the best way to improve efficiency and maintain effective runway clearing. After testing several demo machines, the airport purchased six Oshkosh H2726-series pieces at a cost of $453,000 per piece. Each piece is equipped with a 24-foot plow and tows an M-B Companies 4622-TTB-DB broom. Together, the entire equipment purchase has replaced at least 12 front-mounted plows and brooms. Results from the purchase have been dramatic in terms of timesaving. Snow removal that previously took 60 minutes per runway is now taking 12 minutes. Moreover, Cleveland Hopkins reports using five of the new snow-removal machines simultaneously, while the sixth is reserved as a spare. The airport expects 10-15 years of useful service from each piece.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 36-41
  • Serial:
    • Airport Magazine
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: AAAE Service Corporation, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0744-5326

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2007 10:15PM