'Tow-Plow' hits New Mexico highways

Posted at: 01/24/2014 10:30 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Snow hasn't been a common scene in the Land of Enchantment lately, but on Thursday, parts of the state saw a light coating.

New Mexico Department of Transportation crews in Rowe brought out the necessary equipment to battle the icy interstate, which includes basic snow plows, but now they have a new tool to make plowing more efficient.

Richard Garcia, the station manager and one of the operators in Rowe says that he can now plow two roads at once with the "Tow-Plow".

"You can plow the truck that you're towing with along with the tow-plow itself. It alleviates other snow plows so they can be sent off to secondary roads," Garcia said.

The $97,000 plow is the only one of its kind in the state. One of the special features with the plow is a 26 foot long attachment which can swing from the regular snow plow and salt/cinder up to two lanes of traffic.

The money provided to purchase the Tow-Plow was granted by the Research Bureau to compare its performance with the traditional plow system.

Garcia says that it'll take awhile for the traveling public to get used to seeing it on the road but it has plenty of warning lights for motorists to obverse.

Since the Tow-Plow is so huge, it will generally stay along the I-25 and I-40 corridor.

If successful, the New Mexico Department of Transportation may consider adding more of these to their fleets statewide.