AYER -- Just in time for winter, the DPW's newest piece of highway equipment has arrived.
A 2019 International HV7600 is the newest member of the town's fleet of maintenance vehicles.
The six-wheeled mega-truck weighs in at nearly 20 tons, before the addition of the several attachments and portable Dumpsters, and the first with a heated dump body that allows for the asphalt to to remain soft and pliable longer, preventing waste and providing crews with more opportunities to repair damaged roadways.
"This is something we can use all year," said DPW Highway Foreman Doug Jaspersen.
It clears snow and spreads sand in the winter, carries hot asphalt in warmer months and the two Dumpster tubs transport recyclables and town waste products.
The $270,000 rig was approved at last year's spring town meeting, rolling into town the other night and, after some undercarriage treatment and tow lettering, went to work earlier this month.
This latest vehicle, which is completely computerized for efficient scattering of road treatments and for vehicle upkeep reminders, is the first major piece of equipment to be added to the DPW since 2012.