Airport celebrating snow removal equipment building

Public encouraged to come to Thursday’s ribbon cutting

Airport Superintendent Scott Rinkenberger talks about the new maintenance building under construction to house the fleet of runway cleaning vehicles at the Juneau International Airport on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

In celebration of the new snow removal equipment building, the Juneau International Airport is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and they want the public to join in on at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Those wishing to attend must RSVP by calling the Airport Manager’s Office at 789-7821 no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. This is to ensure that adequate airport personnel will be available to escort members of the public to the building, which is located on the northwest section of the airport and accessed through Gate E.

Those attending the ribbon-cutting will have the opportunity to walk around the facility. The geothermal heated snow removal equipment building houses the airport’s snow removal equipment and allows airfield crew to use the equipment when needed. Prior to the building’s completion, equipment would sit out in the weather and, during freezing rain or heavy snow, crew would have to attempt to thaw out the equipment one piece at a time by bringing it into another building.

Cake and refreshments will be served.


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