Snow removal at 4 Wing is a collective effort

Snow Removal 4 Wing

Lt Camille Dolphin, 4 Wing Public Affairs

Snow removal at 4 Wing Cold Lake really is a collective effort. Many surfaces need to be cleared for traffic to keep going and operations to take place.

All roads on the base and the RHUs, excluding the GRA, are cleared by the City of Cold Lake. The city uses a priority system that focuses on the main arteries first (Priority 1), such as Kingsway and Medley Road, and moves on to the Priority 2 through five routes (see map). Snow on some roads is plowed to the side. On other roads, like in Martineau, the snow is picked up and hauled away.

The city assigns Priority 1 to Priority 5 for snow removal on all city streets, including those in its responsibility area on the base. Main traffic arteries are Priority 1, and low-traffic residential streets are Priority 5.

Inside the GRA, the Snow and Ice Control section from Wing Transport Heavy Equipment takes care of clearing the airfield, the ramp and all the roads and parking lots. Roads and Grounds personnel from Real Property Operations have the responsibility of clearing off the sidewalks and the bases of airfield lamp posts.

4 Wing has appointed a contractor to take care of clearing parking lots on base.