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* News Release *
 
Monday, October 21, 2013
For Immediate Release

CREWS GET READY FOR WINTER WITH SNOWFIGHTERS TRUCK ROADEO

Snow flurries in this week's forecast serve as a blunt reminder that winter is just around the corner. While this first threat of frozen precipitation doesn't amount to much, it is perhaps a symbolic nod by mother nature to winter preparations planned this week by the Butler County Engineer's Office.

Beginning tomorrow, crews will prepare salt trucks and plows for the upcoming snow and ice season. "Our drivers will install plow blades, ensure the salt spinners and conveyors are working properly, check over all safety features, and thoroughly clean their trucks," said County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "They will also check their routes by performing dry runs and re-familiarizing themselves with all aspects of the roads they cover."

On Wednesday crews from townships and cities throughout Butler County will join BCEO crews for the annual Snowfighters Truck ROADEO. Following a 2-hour classroom training in which drivers will review safety measures, local and state laws, and radio procedures, the ROADEO will be held on the grounds of the Engineer's Office. This annual fall tradition pits drivers against one another in a light-hearted competition that allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate actual winter situations.

The BCEO heads into this winter season with 13,000 tons of salt in its two storage barns. Last year the BCEO spread 4,438 tons of salt on 266 miles of County-maintained roads. The previous winter only 1,930 tons were used. Both figures are below the 6,000-ton average over the past ten winters. "Although the past two winters have been relatively easy, we'll be ready for whatever type of winter comes our way this year," Wilkens added. "Our number one goal is always to keep our roads safe."

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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