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Airport acquires bulldozer with funds from CARES Act

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 7:03 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

Presque Isle International Airport has a new piece of equipment, thanks to money obtained through the CARES Act.

Airport Director Scott Wardwell says earlier this year, the airport received just over a million dollars through the program. Of that, about $370,000 was used to purchase a new bulldozer, which will have three uses, including snow removal.

“The bulldozer is specifically designed to put low pressure on the ground, so it - if the ground is wet, it doesn’t rut things up. There’s a FAA requirement that doesn’t allow any more than a three-inch rut in our safety areas and in front of our navigational aids,” says Airport Director Scott Wardwell.

Wardwell says other uses include addressing summer drainage to help prevent standing water on the air field. This will help deter wildlife. The bulldozer will also be used to maintain the berm around the perimeter fence, which also serves to keep small animals out.

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