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‘Megaplows’ will cut down costs, and snow

Don’t try passing the state’s new “megaplows,’’ which can clear adjoining lanes. Don’t try passing the state’s new “megaplows,’’ which can clear adjoining lanes. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / November 13, 2011

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The tow plows - “mega-plows,’’ as the state’s transportation chief dubbed them - are not something you will want to try passing in the middle of a blizzard. Each one allows a truck to clear 2 1/2 lanes at once, instead of one to 1 1/2 lanes. The tow plow is lined on one side by two plows totaling 26 feet in length. Controlled from the cab of the truck pulling it, the tow plow can swing out to a 30-degree angle to clear the adjacent lane and a half.

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