Development of a Variable Plowing Width Snowplow

In a snowy area, there are barriers peculiar to winter; pedestrian space is narrowed by snow cover and there is an increased risk of falls due to freezing of road surfaces, etc. It is a critical issue to clear footways in winter. At present, most footway snow removal work by the Tohoku Regional Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan is performed using a snow remover for footways (small size rotary snowploughs). However, there are some issues to be solved; this snow remover cannot clear sufficient footway space for wheelchairs and the remaining and compacted snow on the footway results in increased surface irregularities by compacted snow cover and slippery icy roads. Thus, the Tohoku Regional Bureau developed a variable ploughing width footway snowplough in order to effectively clear pedestrian space and acquire a width so that a wheelchair can pass on wide sidewalks. For the covering abstract see ITRD E143097.

  • Authors:
    • MIYTAKE, I
    • MORITA, Y
  • Publication Date: 2006


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  • Accession Number: 01147099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:43AM