Come the next big snowstorm, Connecticut’s newest “tow plows” - that can clear two lanes of highway in a single sweep - will be used on I-95.

Last November, the state Department of Transportation announced it planned to purchase two, 26-foot wide plows that would be towed behind a DOT truck. Last winter, the state tested a tow plow in a pilot program and found it to be successful in clearing two lanes, instead of one like a traditional snowplow.

Since then, the DOT has taken delivery of two, tow plows and said they will be used “in the New Haven area, primarily in the I-95/Q Bridge corridor.”

The supersized tow plows will help the agency improve snow-removal times and reduce overall fuel consumption with clearing operations.

When in operation, the steerable trailer-mounted tow plows swing out to one side of the truck and are equipped with a granular spreader for dispensing liquids for snow and ice control.

The DOT said in a release, the tow plows have safety benefits, such as rear and side mounted cameras, lights that both illuminate the plow area and provide a warning to nearby motorists, and a mounted laser to guide and determine the position of the tow plow when fully extended in relation to roadside obstacles and other vehicles. The tow plows also have a longer service life than traditional plow trucks that traditionally is about 12 years.

The plows will likely get the attention of motorists on the road because it’s the first time that are being used in Connecticut.

DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker urged drivers to stay clear of the snowplows while on the road and cautioned against trying to pass a snowplow or snow plow echelon when it is in operation. A snow plow echelon is multiple plows to cover all lanes and clear the entire roadway in one sweep. The safest advice is for motorists to give the plows plenty of space, don't attempt to pass them, and to keep in mind that the road behind the snow plows is in better condition than the road ahead.

Just before the winter of 2015-16, the state purchased 114 new snow plows to clear the roads. As the new vehicles were delivered, the DOT retired the outdated trucks by auctioning some and using the remainder for spare parts. While the average life of a typical plow truck is 12 years, the average age of the plow trucks replaced were about 16 years old.