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La Crosse airport works to keep runways clear

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - This winter has taken its toll on the roads.

At the La Crosse Regional Airport, six full-time staff are in charge of keeping the runways clear.

It's not uncommon for those employees to put in 24-hour days to maintain equipment and clear ice from the runways.

Instead of using salt they use a chemical mix. Salt is too corrosive on the planes, but the mix that they use can be costly.

Clinton Torp, Airport Manager, said "Ice is our arch nemesis. I'll take a snow storm over an ice storm any day. It's very difficult to keep the pavement clear. It's a higher standard than a road so we really have to keep that ice off the pavement."

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