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* News Release *
 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
For Immediate Release

ROAD CREWS PREP FOR WINTER
BCEO Hosts Annual Snow Plow ROADEO

Two winters in a row with below normal snowfall and warmer than normal temperatures won't keep BCEO snowfighters from preparing for this winter. "We'll be ready regardless of what's on tap," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "Our annual winter preparation is a tradition that's important and constructive, but also fun and challenging for our snow plow drivers. We look forward to it every year."

That tradition includes the annual truck Roadeo, a friendly competition which allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate actual winter situations. BCEO drivers are joined by their fellow crew members from various other Butler County cities and townships, who also compete for the best times and most accurate truck maneuvers.

Prior to the truck Roadeo, crews will participate in classroom review with BCEO Operations Deputy Scott Bressler talking about current snow and ice fighting technologies and the evolution of surface treatments from slag and salt to calcium and beat juice mixes. The guest speaker will be Abner Johnson, retired ODOT Transportation Weather Specialist, who developed, implemented, and managed the statewide Road and Weather Information System (RWIS). Johnson will discuss modern weather forecasting, materials application, and how various types of winter weather impact roadway surfaces and driving.

The Roadeo will take place next Thursday, October 26 at the Engineer's Office. Classroom training will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the Roadeo getting under way by mid-morning.

On Wednesday, October 25, BCEO crews will ready their trucks by completing salt box and plow installations. They will also perform dry runs of their snow plow routes. Running their routes in dry weather, without the distraction of snow and limited visibility, allows our drivers to re-familiarize themselves, or if it's a new route, become familiar with various aspects of the route. This can include any overhead hazards, mailbox placement, pavement cuts or anything that might trip the plow blade, and new roadway features such as a newly constructed roundabout.

Salt Supplies, Salt Contract

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 to Cargill Deicing Technologies which submitted a low bid of $58.73 per ton (dumped), which is almost $10 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.

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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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