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Dec. 12, 2008

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New snow removal ‘tow plow’ technology to be used on area highways

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - During heavier snowfalls of 5” or more, like the one forecasted for this Sunday, motorists may encounter a new snow removing technology known as a ‘tow plow’ on area highways in central Minnesota.

The tow plow is a trailer mounted plow which is pulled and operated from a snowplow. It operates at any angle up to 30 degrees and is capable of plowing snow at normal plowing speeds of 30-40 mph. The 26 foot wide plow gives the operator the ability to move snow efficiently and safely from two lanes of roadway in one pass.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation in District 3 has recently purchased two tow plows for snow removal use on Interstate 94 and two-and four-lane highways in the Monticello and St. Cloud metro areas.

Drivers are urged to use the following safety tips when encountering any snow removal equipment:
  • Slow down and stay behind the snow plows. Drivers should allow at least five car lengths between their vehicles and snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive.
  • Be particularly aware of icy conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps.
  • Turn on headlights and turn off cruise control settings.
  • Call 511 or visit www.511mn.org to receive updated information on road conditions before heading out.

Tow plow image A; Tow plow image B ; Tow plow image C

Utah DOT driving video of tow plow - youtube

 

STAY BACK STAY ALIVE - snowplow graphic

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