INDOT prepares for storm and puts new ‘tow plow’ to use

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Indianapolis, Ind. (January 5th 2015) — INDOT crews are preparing for the first big snow event this winter season. Brine truck drivers have been pre-treating roads ahead of the snow and ice expected Monday night, especially on bridges and ramps.

“You can tell that salt has been put down on the road,” Lucas Steward said, a driver traveling to Indianapolis from Terre Haute.

On Monday night, INDOT crews will use one of their new “tow plows” for the first time in central Indiana — a machine that can plow two lanes at a time instead of one.

“We’ll be on US 31 in Kokomo and look to have that tow plow out around 11 o’clock tonight and working through the morning hours,” said INDOT spokesperson Harry Miginity.

The goal is reach more areas during snow storms while also cutting-down on operating costs.

“You’re looking at one driver, you’re looking at reduced fuel costs,” Miginity explained.

“We’re able to take care of two lanes at one time, so that’s going to really be a good thing for drivers,” he said.

INDOT crews are reminding everyone to take it slow and watch out for the new machine on the roads.

“If you’re behind the tow plow, you’re not going to be passing the tow plow. You’ll be moving at about 30 - 35 miles an hour, be content with that, because it’s the safest place you can be on the highway,” Miginity said.

INDOT plans to use 7 new tow plows in central Indiana this winter season. Each machine costs about $90,000.

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