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MDOT Warns Motorists: 'Don't be Alarmed of New Tow Plow'

The new tow plow will be housed at the Brighton garage and used to clear I-96 and US-23 this winter.

If you happen to be driving down I-96 or US-23 and happen to see a rather large, orange Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) snow plow that looks like it's jack-knifing on ice, you shouldn't be alarmed - it's supposed to look that way.

MDOT revealed its brand new snow plow, called a tow plow, at Island Lake Recreation Area on Friday.

The tow plow can clear up to two full lane widths in one pass, doing the work of two trucks, saving MDOT both time and money.

The tow plow cost MDOT $93,000, but is expected to pay for itself within five years. The service lifespan is also double that of the average snow plow, which costs around $200,000. In addition, the tow plow costs less to maintain.

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