MnDOT tests new technology for snow plow operators

MnDOT tests new technology for snow plow operators

“Without these guys out there fighting snow, we’d be pretty much stuck at home,” said Tony Bowe, MnDOT fleet manager for District Two in northwest Minnesota.

Bowe says many of its operators are already using much of the new equipment.

“If it’s proven to work here, it has a lot of value,” Bowe said.

This research project includes five new or improved equipment, including two slurry spreaders. Slurry spreaders help distribute salt more evenly and efficiently.

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“We don’t want to do the old-fashioned thing of emptying, lifting a dump truck and dumping it on your own. we want to distribute it, ”said Tom Peters, MnDOT research engineer.

Peters is heavily involved in this project. He says they’re also testing a version of the bedrock scraper to clear compacted snow and ice. In addition, the two-way reversible plow and the real floating wing, which will help the mobility of the plow.

“Some district staff may say it’s great and some may say no, we’ll just continue to use what we have right now,” said Peters.

The aim of this research is to combine cost, environmental impact, efficiency and safety on the roads.

“I think you always have to be open-minded and always be looking for something new,” Bowe said.

As unpredictable as Minnesota’s winters are, one thing is for sure.

“We’re having a winter, you have to know how to deal with it,” Peters said. “Our public expects to face it.”

Plow operators will test this equipment over three winter seasons. Based on the research results, the MnDOT claims that we could see much of this equipment being used on rural and urban roads in the state.

Via: kstp.com

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