Northeast Ohio counties partnering to remove snow and ice this winter with new equipment
New Tow Plow to work State Route 11 through Mahoning and Columbiana County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, October 9, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be using new technology this winter as a way to efficiently and effectively remove snow and ice from northeast Ohio roads, specifically State Route 11 through Columbiana County.
Beginning this winter season, Mahoning and Columbiana County will be partnering to utilize a new Tow Plow which is a multi-functional machine that increases driver productivity while decreasing snow removal expenses.
The Tow Plow, designed and first utilized by the Missouri Department of Transportation and manufactured by Viking Cives Ltd. of Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada, allows the snow plow driver to clear two lanes of pavement at once, reducing clearing time. Utilized behind a plow-equipped tandem truck, 22 feet of pavement can be cleared in conjunction with the application of salt and liquids.
On the Tow Plow that will be used in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, there will be a salt hopper capable of holding six tons of salt. In addition, a 250-gallon brine tank will spread salt brine on the second lane from the Tow Plow. The truck that will be pulling the Tow Plow is a 430 horsepower tandem which will also have a salt hopper that can hold 10 tons of salt and two, 300 gallon saddle tanks for salt brine or calcium chloride. Hydraulic controls have been added to this truck that swings the Tow Plow to the left or right behind the truck and also raises and drops the plow. The ODOT truck also comes equipped with several cameras to help the driver monitor the Tow Plow and the amount of materials in its hopper.
The Tow Plow’s greatest advantage is the ability to clear two lanes of pavement at one time, reducing fuel costs and allowing one driver to complete work that would normally require two. The driver can plow the shoulder while plowing the travel lane or plow two driving lanes simultaneously.
ODOT’s Mahoning County maintenance facility will be partnering with ODOT’s Columbiana County maintenance facility this winter, utilizing the Tow Plow on SR 11 all the way through Columbiana County to East Liverpool.
Additionally, ODOT District 4 will be using it on Interstates 680, 80 and 76. The total cost for this unit was $100,000.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Justin Chesnic, Public Information Officer, at (330) 786-2209 or email D04.PIO@dot.state.oh.us