A new sand spreader and truck will be purchased for Greater Sudbury Airport thanks to a $169,975 investment from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program.
The new equipment will ensure timely and effective sand spreading operations, which increases friction on runway and taxiway surfaces for the management of snow, slush and ice on runways and taxiways. The equipment will ultimately support safe airport operation for passengers, employees, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations during winter months at the airport.
The funds were announced on Aug. 12 by Jeff Watson, parliamentary assistant to Lisa Raitt, minister of Transport.
"The Greater Sudbury Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism,” said Watson. “This investment will enhance safety for travellers and residents while supporting productivity and economic growth in the region."
To date, through ACAP, the Greater Sudbury Airport has received over $10.7 million in funding for 17 safety projects, including today's announcement.
Previous projects included the replacement of a fire truck; the rehabilitation of Runways 04-22 and 12-30 with the replacement of selected apron panels; the rehabilitation of the taxiways and Subdrains; and the installation of a wildlife management fence.