New snow plow ready to keep South Dakota streets safer, cleaner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Winter is on its way, and with it comes snow.

But now, the South Dakota Department of Transportation is bringing a new plow into its fleet to help keep the roads cleaner and safer this year.

It's called the Viking Bi-Directional Tow Plow, and it is the first of its kind to be used in the state of South Dakota.

The plow features two 1,000 gallon liquid salt brine tanks capable of treating three lanes per single pass. The length of the plow blade is 26 feet, and it has no operator and does not require any fuel.

The DOT says this new plow is cheaper to use, but more importantly, it is safer for drivers on the road.

"Being able to clear more lanes with less passes reduces our exposure out on the road. It's safer for our drivers and safer for the traveling public," Travis Dressen with the DOT said.

The Minnesota DOT is already using several of these plows in their fleet, and will be using them in Luverne this year.