It's been warm outside
and forecasters are calling for continued warmth to round out
the week -- a perfect time to gear up for snow and ice season.
The BCEO's annual truck Roadeo and other activities will take
place this Wednesday and Thursday as snowfighters from the Engineer's
Office and other Butler County agencies practice and review procedures
critical to keeping roads safe and clear during inclement winter
BCEO crews will participate
in classroom review, complete salt box and plow installations,
and perform dry runs of their snow plow routes on Wednesday.
They will be joined on Thursday by their fellow crew members
from various Butler County cities and townships for the Snowfighters
Truck Roadeo. This friendly competition allows crews to practice
truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate
actual winter situations.
"It's a good opportunity
for our snow plow drivers to hone their skills, develop good
safety practices, and familiarize themselves with their trucks,"
said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "It also provides
the means to interact with fellow drivers and work on their skills
The BCEO will begin
this winter season with 13,000 tons of salt stored in two barns,
each with a capacity of 6,500 tons. This year the BCEO awarded
its salt contract for the upcoming winter season on June 2 to
Cargill Deicing Technology which submitted a low bid of $68.42
per ton, about $6.00 less per ton than last year. This is a fixed
rate so even if road salt is in high demand this winter, the
BCEO is locked in at that price.
Two new trucks have
been added to this year's fleet -- a standard plow and a wing plow capable
of clearing two lanes in one pass. This is the second such truck
now in the BCEO fleet and is important because of the County's
growing number of multi-lane roadways, particularly in the heavily
populated southeastern townships. The BCEO also adds a route
this year bringing the total number of snow plow routes up to
16. "Increasing numbers of lane miles on the County system
has necessitated these moves," noted BCEO Operations Deputy
Scott Bressler. "We're confident this will improve our overall
efficiency for the benefit of Butler County motorists."