CVG snow piles high

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – How big of a pile of snow do you have in your yard?

Many of us spent some time this week digging out our cars or clearing off driveways. Imagine if you had to keep eight miles of runway clear of ice and snow.

That's what crews at CVG have to do and it's a big job that's still going.

Between the hustle and bustle of planes landing at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, plows and dump trucks are clearing and carting away mountains of snow from CVG runways.

"We have four runways the longest being 12,000 feet the shortest being 8,000, the other two are 10,000 and 11,0000 feet all of them are 150 feet wide plus the taxiways, so it's a lot of concrete," said Chad Everett, the airport's Operations Director.

"This is a result of several days of hauling snow but for this event here it's taken us right now two days and were not done yet and that is eight hours a day, two days and doing constantly hauling snow then we have a big snow blower that blows it 40 feet in the air," says Everett.

Officials say in all seriousness the airports snow pile might linger until early-summer.

"Last year we had a snow mound not this big it was until about March so I'm going to put this another month out," said Everett.

If you're wondering about the cost to keep you traveling in and out of CVG, the airport spent $350,000 cleaning up just 7 inches of snow from the most recent storm.

Snow removal is only one of this crew's responsibilities. In the summer they also mow 4500 acres of grass.

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