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NOTSOGRN

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:40:29 PM

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin using a new type of snowplow called a Tow Plow - the first ever in Michigan - in Livingston County this month.

The new plow will be used on I-96 and US-23 starting this month. The plow is a patented, tandem-style machine that is essentially a snowplow towed by a standard plow truck.

The Tow Plow can plow widths up to 25 feet - up to two full lane widths in one pass. By using the Tow Plow, crews can clear both the travel lane and shoulder in one pass, reducing the time needed to clear the freeway during a winter storm event. This will improve service while reducing labor costs and fuel consumption on these busy roadways with high traffic volumes.

When activated, the wheels of the Tow Plow turn as much as 30 degrees,...
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:48:11 PM

The tow plow is right where the mass of the vehicle, thus making snow removal much more efficient and thorough.
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sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:15:16 PM

Ok.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:51:16 AM

that would scare the crap out of me seeing it coming up behind me.
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:55:24 AM

hope oakland also uses them to save some money
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:55:22 PM

Smart thinking MDOT
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Rombo2012
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:50:18 PM

Cool,fuel savings indeed.
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bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:16:06 AM

interesting
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:28:21 AM

Reduction in labor thus benefits, is a tremendous savings. I wonder how long before this plow tow pays for itself.
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genoist
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:24:29 AM

Fascinating.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:15:59 AM

will this new plow mean fewer workers are REQUIRED... just wondering... and if so, how many will be on the job... just wondering...
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:05:28 AM

This shouldn't be any more hazardous than several snowplows lined up across the road diagonally, as often happens in those areas. Getting the road cleared more quickly should make up for that.
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afghaned
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:27:35 AM

Specialty equipment is costly & not multi purpose. Time will tell how well this works but it may be more a hazard than help.
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:13:28 AM

Picture makes it look like a rolling traffic hazard!
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cheap59
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:05:51 AM

Let's hope it works.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:46:50 PM

Well, aren't they lucky.
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:00 PM

That's a whole lot of plow.
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sillywagon
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:27:23 PM

Saving taxpayer money is good.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:59:51 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:21:08 PM

Good if it works
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dvrm9
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:20:33 PM

Sounds like a good system if it works.
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eschroth442
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:12:07 PM

sounds like an accident waiting to happen
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:49:34 PM

leave it to michigan to find new ways to get plowed
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:15:48 PM

Looks like a major improvement!
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TC5504
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:00:31 PM

Should move a lot of snow very quickly.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:54:39 PM

"crews can clear both the travel lane and shoulder in one pass"

and just where do stalled or out of fuel vehicles get cleared from the shoulder to ;)

gives a whole new meaning to the use of the shoulder of the roads . . .
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:50:49 PM

Whooo Hooo.

1st to use the new snow plow.

Party time in Livingston
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:43:44 PM

Very cool
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