INDOT unveils new plow that can handle two highway lanes at once

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 16, 2014)-- When the snow falls, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) drivers will be behind some big and new foreign-looking plows.

Crews unveiled the tow plow Tuesday, which can plow two highway lanes at once compared to the typical one. INDOT says the machine will boost productivity, allowing crews to spread out more throughout parts of central Indiana.

Bob Lannert, who created the tow plow with Snow King Technologies, said more than 400 are operating nationwide.

INDOT said it will use seven plows this winter along the following multi-lane highways:

  • The Muncie bypass at State Rd. 67
  • U.S. 31 in Kokomo
  • Greensburg to Indianapolis along I-74
  • Northeast of Fort Wayne and along 469 and U.S. 24

Given the size of the new machines, Lannert has a warning for Indiana drivers.

“I highly recommend that no one in Indianapolis, or anywhere else in the state, ever pass a snowplow on the right because most of all the snow is plowed to the right,” he said. “And you’re going to get plastered either by the front plow, the underbody plow or the tow plow.”

Lannert said each machine costs about $90,000.

“Once you see the productivity of a tow plow, and the cost benefit of it, you reduce your operating snowplow costs 20-50% because you use less fuel, less manpower, less capitalization.”

INDOT officials said they will use this winter as a test to determine where the plows function best.