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DOT deploys new plow this winter

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- There is a new plow coming to Eastern Iowa, one that might help make time on the road more efficient for crews. It's called the TowPlow. It's a plow that is towed by a truck and it does the work of two.

The City of Waterloo will welcome the TowPlow this winter. The Iowa Department or Transportation is deploying the new plow in Waterloo, Des Moines and Sioux City. The plow is trailer mounted. And designed to work alongside a truck with a standard plow. Thus it will cover double the ground, 25 feet of clearing in a single passing.

Maintenance Manager Brian Miller from the Waterloo DOT says you wouldn't find these out on two lane highways. In fact, for now it will probably be used to clear Highway 218.

The TowPlow costs just $70,000, though current trucks will need $3,000 in modifications. However the entire project will save $77,000 because it illuminates the need for a second vehicle.

TowPlows have been used extensively in Missouri for four years and in Minnesota since 2008, and are currently ready to be used in 10 other states this winter.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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