Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 21, 2014

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New Tow Plow being used on Hwy 53 today

DULUTH, Minn. – 10:15 a.m. A new piece of snow removal equipment is being used today to plow Hwy 53 between Twig and Duluth.

The tow plow is a trailer-mounted plow which is pulled and operated from a snowplow truck. It operates at any angle up to 30-degrees and is capable of plowing snow at normal plowing speeds of 30-40 mph, depending on location and conditions. The 26-foot-wide plow gives operators the ability to clear snow efficiently and safely from two and a half lanes of roadway in one pass or two lanes and part of the shoulder.

The new tow plow combines a conventional twin axle plow truck with the 26-foot-wide tow plow blade that swings out from behind the truck like a scorpion’s tail. In addition, the tow plow is capable of applying salt to the roadway.

MnDOT began using tow plow technology in 2008 on freeways in the Twin Cities.

Media Availability
The new tow plow will be available to see and photograph today at MnDOT District 1 Headquarters. Media may also see it working after the Media Availability.

Where:           MnDOT District 1 Headquarters, 1123 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811
                        Meet in the front parking lot adjacent to Central Entrance/Hwy 194.
When:            Noon to 12:30 p.m.