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UDOT introduces mechanical ice breakers to canyon roads

Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 23:01:48-05

UTAH — The Utah Department of Transportation has introduced new innovations to combat ice on Utah’s canyon roads.

The new ‘icebreakers’ are designed to work in addition to regular plows to improve road conditions during the winter months.

The modified front-end loader features a mechanism on the front designed to break through thick ice on roadways.

The ice breakers are designed to break up ice pack that builds up in Utah’s canyon roads.

As a result of the new machines, less road salt is used when plowing.