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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
For Immediate Release

ANNUAL BCEO SNOW PLOW ROADEO NEXT WEEK
Road Crews Get Ready for Winter

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.

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 $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.

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For more information contact:

Scott Bressler, BCEO operations Deputy
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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