TowPlow

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What is a TowPlow?

towplow in use along busy highway

The TowPlow is a steerable trailer-mounted plow that is pulled behind a tandem axle snowplow truck and is able to swing out to one side, which doubles the plow width of a tandem-axle snowplow truck. The TowPlow is equipped with a 26' moldboard and either a granular spreader or a tank for dispensing liquids for snow and ice control. The TowPlow has been used successfully in Missouri since 2005 and several others states have begun to evaluate the TowPlow.

Benefits

  • Increased efficiency and production (One pass clearing, improved cycle times, wider clearing path)
  • Reduction in manpower and equipment
  • Environmental benefits from using less fuel
  • Safety improvements due to improved cycle times
  • Longer service life than snow plow trucks.

Contacts – Lead States Team

Tim Chojnacki, Chair
Maintenance Liaison Engineer
Missouri DOT
(573)751-1040
Tim.Chojnacki@modot.mo.gov

Steve Lund
State Maintenance Engineer
Minnesota DOT
(651)366-3566
steven.lund@state.mn.us

Bill Hoffman
Chief Maintenance and Operations Engineer
Nevada DOT
(775)888-7050
whoffman@dot.state.nv.us

Greg Duncan
Director of Maintenance
Tennessee DOT
(615)741-2027
greg.duncan@tn.gov

Steve McCarthy
Equipment Operations Manager
Utah DOT
(801)580-0055
smccarthy@utah.gov

Wess Murray
Maintenance Superintendent
Missouri DOT
(816)622-0409
Wess.Murray@modot.mo.gov

Jim Carney
State Maintenance Engineer
Missouri DOT
(573)751-8648
Jim.Carney@modot.mo.gov

 

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