Connecticut has a new fleet of snow plows that were unveiled during a news conference Tuesday morning.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker debuted the three tow-behind plows which can clear snow and ice from two full highway lanes in a single pass.
“The people and businesses of Connecticut depend on an efficient transportation system, and these advanced snow plows will make a difference when it comes to clearing our highways following winter weather events,” Malloy said. “In addition to the practical benefits of clearing the roads faster, it also will help generate efficiencies in terms of our dependency on state resources. It’s our goal to be prepared for severe weather events the best we can, and the addition of these tow plows will increase our efforts to safely clear the roads so that schools and businesses can re-open more quickly and emergency services can reach those who need them.”
The plows, which are towed behind a DOT truck, measure 26 feet in length. They double the range of a single plow. They are steerable trailers that swing out to one side.
They also have granular spreaders meant to dispense liquids for snow and ice control.
The DOT said it tested one of the plows during the 2015-2016 winter season. It then purchased two more that will be put to work this season.
“Clearing snow and ice from our roads and highways during winter storms is one of our most critical functions as an agency,” Redeker said. “With the winter season upon us, the addition of these tow plows to our snow-fighting fleet ensures we can better handle virtually any winter-weather event in an efficient and strategic manner, while reducing costs to the taxpayer.”
Malloy and Redeker urged drivers to steer clear of the plows. They warned them not to try and pass the plows while they're being used.
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