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* News Release *
Tuesday, October 3, 2000
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster announces that preparations begin tomorrow for the upcoming winter with its annual Snowfighters Truck Roadeo. The two day event will focus on driver training, which includes salt truck preparedness, driving assigned routes, and participating in the traditional Roadeo competition. During this annual competition, BCEO snow plow drivers maneuver their trucks through an obstacle course designed to simulate actual winter conditions. This year's competition will be held at the site of the old Valley Drive-In on U.S. 127 in St. Clair Township.

BCEO crews are responsible for keeping 270 miles of County roads safe and passable when winter weather strikes. Fourteen snow and ice control routes ensure that every County road is treated quickly and efficiently. Last year, the Engineer's Office added to its fleet a new truck that is capable of multi-lane plowing. Utilized mainly in the heavily populated southeastern townships, this truck is outfitted with two blades and is capable of handling two lanes in one pass.

Salt supplies are plentiful due to a new, larger salt dome that was completed in 1999. Located at the Engineer's Office, the new storage facility holds 6,500 tons of salt, making it over three times larger than the old facility. Approximately 3,700 tons of salt are spread on County roads in a typical Butler County winter; however, that can easily double if snowfall amounts are above normal.

A salt contract will be awarded this month. Bids were opened in September with Morton Salt of Chicago submitting a low bid of $29.56 per ton.

Snowfighters Web Page

The BCEO's web site has a page dedicated exclusively to local snow fighting efforts. For an in depth overview of BCEO snow and ice control, please see the Snow & Ice Control page. Throughout the winter, motorists may also visit the Road & Travel Conditions page for local driving conditions and snow emergency notifications.

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