ADOT team members are already getting ready for winter

ADOT team members are already getting ready for winter

By Garin Groff / ADOT Communications
September 25, 2023
A group of people are gathered around a heavy-duty snowblower and receiving training on how to use the snowblower.

While summer weather lingers for desert dwellers, ADOT team members are already gearing up for winter.

And this season, that means branching out beyond the existing fleet of 200 or so snowplows as ADOT prepares to unveil two new high capacity snowblowers on highways with the heaviest snowfall. The photo above and this photo album show training held recently in Phoenix. 

These new snowblowers will be used on I-40, US 180, US 191, SR 67, SR 260 and SR 273,  highways that experience some of Arizona’s heaviest snowfall and take crews the longest to clear. Designed for heavy snowpack and ice, they clear highways faster and more effectively, especially on bridges and on roadways adjacent to barriers. They can blow snow 150-200 feet.

We’ll have more to share on these new snowblowers as winter approaches. And when Old Man Winter arrives, get ready to see a new way of snow removal in Arizona.

Meanwhile, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll get around Arizona’s high country when snow season arrives. We have plenty of information tips available on our Know Snow website at

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