High-tech snowplows on order to help Dane County drivers

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has included $2 million budget for a new type of snowplow that is towed behind a truck and allows one truck to clear two lanes of highway at the same time.

The Capital Times reports that the county plans to buy four tow plows and heavy-duty quad-axle trucks. The new technology should improve the county's ability to keep traffic moving during winter storms.

Parisi also included $1.4 million to buy four more tri-axle highway trucks to help clear roads.

Paris says keeping the county roads clear during the winter is more difficult due to a growing population and the need for more multi-lane highways.