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.
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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