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ODOT unveils new weapon in war on wintry valley roads

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CANFIELD, Ohio -The colors of Fall are just beginning to show, but the Ohio Department of Transportation is already preparing for winter.

This year, a unique piece of equipment will enable ODOT to plow two lanes at once.

"It's pulled behind a standard ODOT snow plow. It equips another snow plow, it has a salt hopper and brine tanks on it. So really, when it's used on the major arteries in the area, it's going to be plowing and treating 22-feet of pavement. It can be one lane and a shoulder, it can be an entire ramp, or it could be two lanes of pavement at one time," says ODOT Public Information Officer Justin Chesnic.

When needed, the tow plow, which is operated by a single truck using hydraulics to operate an additional plow, will clear every major interstate; that includes Route 11.

Mahoning and Columbiana Counties can utilize the vehicle and their entire fleet of snow plows to get the job done.

"Without a partnership with Mahoning County, we wouldn't be able to utilize a piece of equipment like this. So we're really excited to have that partnership to be able to clear 11. It's going to allow us to clear it more efficiently, and more effectively, and a lot quicker," says ODOT Public Relations Specialist Becky Giaque.

 

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