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* News Release *
 
Monday, October 31, 2016
For Immediate Release

SNOWFIGHTERS GEAR UP FOR WINTER
BCEO Hosts Annual Snow Plow ROADEO

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 weather.

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 together."

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 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.

New Equipment

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."

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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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