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ODOT: New highway 'Super Plow' ready to tackle the snow

8:08 PM, Nov 18, 2010   |    comments
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ODOT is giving a tryout to the Super Plow, to cut the time needed to clear snow from Interstate 90 and State Route 11.

It is an 8-ton rig pulled behind a plow truck. While the plow on the front of the truck clears the left lane on a freeway, a 24-foot blade drops down from the side of the trailer and is moved to an angle to throw snow from the right lane to the side of the road.

"It gives us the opportunity to work faster," said ODOT's Frank Howell, "plowing two lanes at one time."

Six drivers at the ODOT District 4 Ashtabula County Garage are going through training to operate the Super Plow. They have television monitors in the cab so they can view traffic behind them.

Plowing two freeway lanes at a time means drivers are going to have to be patient.

"There won't be any opportunity to pass this rig," Howell said.  "As we plow both lanes of the highway, you'll have be patient, slow down and stay back."

The Ohio Turnpike has six of the Super Plows on order and may have them on the road early next year. 

They cost $60,000 base price, up to $90,000 with options.


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