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New TowPlows Undergoing Testing in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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"A new type of snowplow is making its debut in Wisconsin. In an effort to maximize snowplowing capabilities, two counties, Eau Claire and Marquette, will be experimenting with “ TowPlows.” The plows are pulled as trailers by regular snowplows and have pivoting axles that allow the plow to shift to the right when in motion, giving plows the ability to clear more highway lanes in a single pass….TowPlows can clear a path about 20 feet wide compared to a typical width of about 14 feet for traditional snowplows. They can also be equipped with brine or salt spreaders to increase the efficiency of snow removal and ice prevention efforts. TowPlows have warning lights mounted on them so motorists can see them. Motorists encountering moving TowPlows from the rear should stay back and not pass unless there is a clear, plowed lane and it is safe to do so. TowPlows have been used in Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Kansas, Indiana, Maine, and several Canadian provinces, all which reported good results."

To access the news release: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/opencms/export/nr/modules/news/news_1840.html_786229440.html

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