A tow plow is a steerable trailer-mounted plow that is pulled behind a snowplow truck, just like the name indicates. The tow plow can be rotated to one side of the truck, which doubles the plow width of a tandem-axle snowplow truck. The 26-foot-wide plow gives the operator the ability to move snow efficiently and safely from two lanes of roadway in one pass.
The tow plows are equipped with either a granular spreader or a tank for dispensing liquids for snow and ice control. Tow plows have been used successfully in other states for several years, but many Montana drivers have never seen one in action.
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One driver, twice as much snow! Clearing double the lanes with half the resources is increasingly important as Montana’s highway system expands.