Funky new snow plows double clearing ability of single truck

Tow plows coming your way

You may have seen some unusual snow plows in action during the recent heavy snowfalls across Southern B.C.

The Tow Plow is a relatively new kind of plow on B.C. highways that has seen action on the Coquihalla the last couple winters. And now, it is coming to the Okanagan.

The name says it all – the Tow Plow is a plow pulling a plow, which effectively doubles the width a single truck can clear.

The District of Lake Country shared a video on Sunday of the plows in action that was posted by the Ministry of Transportation.

It also said AIM Roads crews will begin using the plows to clear two lanes at a time on Highway 97.

"What looks like a truck that has lost control of its trailer is really an articulating tow plow. The operator in the truck has full control of the trailer as it extends to the right side and plows the adjacent lane. Please give these plows lots of room and don’t follow too closely," the district advised

A quick online search reveals the plows were invented by Bob Lannert, a former engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

He started experimenting with lawnmowers on his farm and eventually patented the idea, partnering with Canadian manufacturer Viking-Cives Ltd. 

Their use has since spread across the U.S. and Canada.

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