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Time for some wing plows?

January 12, 2009 - Frank Robinson
I had a co-worker ask me an odd question today: Why do the cities in this area, the county and state not use wing plows? I wasn't even sure what he was talking about. I'd never thought much about wing plows. But with the recent snowstorm, the sightings of snowplows increased significantly.

After he explained it -- he's from New York state, and says they use them there all the time -- and I dug around a little on the Web, I found myself wondering the same thing. A wing plow, as you may have guessed, sticks out from the side of the truck and plows another lane or shoulder of the road. The theory is it reduces the number of trips a driver has to make while clearing the roads, getting two lanes at a time instead of just one. It would make sense to use the wing plow around here. It theoretically would save on fuel and time, and thus, money.

I found one on the Internet and am posting a photo of it here. This particular one is is an Associated Press photo taken as highway snowplow drivers take to the roads after a snowfall in Ashland, N.H.

 
 

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Blog Photos

Highway plows take to the roads after an early snowfall in Ashland, N.H., on Dec. 9. Note the wing plow on the side of the truck closest to the camera. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)