Under hood maintenance is possible due to the placement of the plowing gear.
Sterling is doing construction duty but is rigged for winter. Note cut out in the grille to allow the hood to tilt. Also note the dual chrome stacks, and mirrors mounted on the elevators.
Wing plow is in place and ready on this unit based in Brooklyn, Hants County.
The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DOTIR), is responsible for provincial highways, and they have been geared up for some time to respond to winter conditions. There hasn't been consistent winter weather however, so as usual the trucks have been doing multiple duty with other road work.
The department has equipment from nearly all manufacturers, so there is always a good variety to be seen at their various depots around the province.
With most trucks now having tilt hoods, DOTIR has rigged the front plow apparatus to allow the hoods to be tilted at least part way for maintenance.