Snowfighters from the
Butler County Engineer's Office and surrounding communities will
face off against each other next week in a friendly competition
of truck maneuvering skills. The BCEO's snow plow ROADEO is an
annual event that helps road crews get ready for clearing our
roads of snow and ice.
Crews will 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, the crews will participate in classroom review with BCEO
Operations Deputy Scott Bressler talking about plowing techniques,
equipment preparation and calibration.
The Roadeo takes place
next Thursday, November 8 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, November
7, 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.
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 $62.88 per ton (dumped).
This is a fixed rate so even if road salt is in high demand this
winter, the BCEO is locked in at that price.
Last winter, the BCEO
used 5,820 tons of salt. That's slightly less than the average
6,200 tons spread in a typical Butler County winter, but more
than the two winters prior.