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Measuring the Efficiencies of Tow Plows and Wing Plows


Location
Minnesota
Publication Date
07/31/2019 01:45 PM EDT
Closing Date
09/06/2019 01:00 AM EDT
Issuing Organization
State of Minnesota - Department of Transportation (MnDOT)
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Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: Plow Configurations This project will investigate the following plow configurations: 1. Standard 12-foot front plow (base case for comparison). 2. Standard 12-foot front plow with a right-side wing plow. 3. Standard 12-foot front plow with a left-side wing plow. 4. Single-direction tow plow. 5. Bidirectional tow plow (assessing both right-side and left-side deployments, and operational efficiencies gained from the equipment’s flexibility). 6. Tow plow deployed to the right plus a left-side wing plow. 7. Tow plow deployed to the left plus a right-side wing plow. Roadway Types and Geometries This project will examine the use of tow plows and wing plows on specific roadway types, road geometries, and other scenarios. These could include, but are not limited to: 1. Interstates, state highways 2. Urban roads, rural roads 3. Number of lanes, passing lanes, etc. 4. Various lane widths and shoulder widths 5. Hills, curves, and other geometric considerations 6. Intersections, roundabouts, highway ramps, etc. This project will evaluate: 1. Where tow plows and wing plows yield the greatest efficiencies compared to a standard front plow 2. Whether tow plows and wing plows are less effective (in terms of actual pavement width cleared) on certain roadway types/geometries than others

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