Snow Arsenal – Towplow
October 20, 2012
Tow plows are one way UDOT improves the efficiency of snow removal to keep roads clear during the winter.
UDOT has over 500 trucks that are used to plow roads during winter. Several of those trucks are equipped with tow plows. When deployed, tow plows swing from the back to the side of the truck and double the amount of snow that can be plowed. Tow plows require trucks with larger motors and tag axles that are capable of handling the large piece of equipment.
UDOT’s fleet is a significant investment of taxpayer money and Central Maintenance puts a lot of emphasis on taking care of equipment to make sure trucks and plows work efficiently and have a long useful life.
In addition to adding tow plows to its snow removal arsenal, UDOT has improved the efficiency of fleet vehicles by adding wing plows to most of the existing 10 wheeler fleet, by using sanders for spreading de‐icing materials, and by using brine, high performing salts and other liquid anti‐icing agents. Wetting the salt is a much more effective approach for keeping roads clear since dry salt can bounce or blow off the road.
UDOT’s strategic goals, briefly stated, are zero fatalities and to preserve infrastructure and optimize mobility. The goals provide guidance in all agency departments by articulating the responsibilities UDOT has as to the public.
By maintaining roads and highways, UDOT’s equipment and fleet meet all of the goals. By preserving infrastructure, UDOT provides a quality transportation system that helps bring industry to the state, which also strengthens the economy. By plowing roads during winter storms, and making repairs that keep roads functioning smoothly, UDOT’s fleet helps optimize mobility and improve safety.Tags: snow removal, towplow