You wouldn't be able to get anywhere in the winter if it wasn't for these guys. When a storm hits they work around the clock to keep the roads open. Not in shifts, the storm is the "shift". If you listen to the CB, you'll hear the truckers calling them "saltshakers" as they dispense salt and/or sand onto the road to melt the ice and snow left after plowing.
A snow plow southbound in Franconia Notch. This one has two wings. When he lowers them he can clear almost 3 lanes of highway at once.
This one is on route 3 just north of Franconia Notch.
In Twin Mountain, NH. He was kind enough to do some slow passes so I could get the following pictures for you.
The wing down, shoving back the snow bank.
The wing partially lifted.
Both the plow and wing lifted.
It's been a long night and it's still snowing.
The plow mechanism. It's lifted using hydraulics.
You can see the spreader at the rear that throws or drops the salt onto the road. The whole apparatus comes out for summer use the truck becomes a normal dump truck.
A town plow on Trudeau Road in Bethlehem.
The same, pretty isn't it? This is just before the White Mountain National Forest ranger station.
A town plow going down Maplewood Hill in Bethlehem.
The same day at the bridge on route 142 in Bethlehem just below Maplewood Hill. A State crew is jacking up and repairing the bridge and abutment. The concrete and some of the ironwork was in pretty bad shape. The bridge had settled slightly and the plows were catching on it.