Now in action on WNY highways: tow plows

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 20:31:55-05

Sixty-two tow plows are now in use across the state with this recent bout of lake effect snow. The one seen in this story was being used Monday on I-86 in the Town of Sherman, which is in Chautauqua County.

A tow plow is essentially a dump truck that is towing a snow plow that can be hydraulically adjusted to swing out to the side of the truck, doubling the plow width. The tow plow is also used in combination with a 12-foot, front-mounted plow and stretches a total 71-feet in length.

The tow plow allows the driver to clear two lanes at once, meaning snow removal will be faster and more efficient. It has a greater range of motion than standard snow plows and will save time and fuel in clearing highways.

The equipment is part of $50 million designated for a more comprehensive approach to emergency preparedness.

The downside? Drivers won’t be able to pass a tow plow on a two-lane highway if two lanes of travel are being cleared at once.




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