BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just because winter is off to a slow start doesn’t mean New York Sate isn’t ready for a challenge.
New York State officials revealed one of their newest pieces of snow-fighting equipment on Tuesday. The tow plow, as they call it, helps clear two lanes — or 24 feet of the roadway — of snow with just one vehicle.
“The addition of these tow plows will mean a safer New York State for motorists who are out and about during the winter weather,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said.
The Department of Transportation, which has the ability to shift resources anywhere in the state to help with snow clearing measures, added 62 tow plows to its fleet as part of a $50 million initiative set aside by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Officials say the plows will be deployed across New York State, but will focus on regions hardest hit by snow, meaning western New York roads will certainly see some once the winter weather does strike.
Although the plows look large and cumbersome, officials say they are equipped with safety gear, including two cameras that will help drivers monitor their blind spots.
The plows are also equipped with lighting that looks similar to the rear view of the plow truck’s body.