Two Plows - One Operator: The Use of Tow Plows on an Arterial Highway in Northern New Brunswick

This paper describes Brun-Way Highways Operations Inc. (Brun-Way) journey of incorporating a new type of snow removal equipment, the Tow Plow, in the echelon plow train, discusses the resulting impacts on the public, environment and facility assets and evaluates this method of snow and ice control based on performance and training requirements. Brun-Way undertook a pilot project in the winter of 2006-07 to evaluate the use of Tow Plows for snow and ice removal on Route 2, a portion of the four-lane divided highway between the Quebec Border and west of Fredericton, NB. Brun-Way is the Operator for the Trans Canada Highway Project, a P3 project in New Brunswick. One Tow Plow was provided by the Viking-Cives Group of Mount Forest, Ontario to Brun-Way for this evaluation. Following reasonable results with the unit, Brun-Way ordered three more Tow Plows for the winter of 2007-08 and a further six units for the 2008-09 winter season. The use of the Tow Plows has enabled Brun-Way to improve its level of service in a safe, cost effective manner and serves as a strategy to deal with the shrinking pool of trained and experienced operators.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 18 p.
  • Monograph Title: 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada - Transportation in a Climate of Change

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149446
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2010 7:30AM