FAIRBANKS- The Alaska Department of Transportation is testing a piece of equipment designed to crush ice on highways. The new Icebreaking tool, was used for two weeks in Fairbanks and is in Anchorage for two weeks of tests. The icebreaker attaches to the front of a plow truck, looks like a long tube, and crushes ice with rows of metal spikes. The Transportation Department now scrapes ice with serrated grader blades and underbelly plows. Officials with DOT say the tool did well on the Johansen Expressway and other high–priority roads, and worked best on thick ice.
We posted video of the ice breaker in the link below.