Department of Highways, District 10
For second straight year, KYTC District 10’s Estill County crew produces a state champion equipment operator
JACKSON, KY – For the second straight year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways District 10 – specifically the Estill County maintenance crew – has produced a state champion equipment operator.
Justin Riddell brought home the championship in the truck and trailer “alley dock” competition at the statewide Equipment Roadeo held Sept. 23 in Lawrenceburg.
Competing against fellow KYTC employees from the 12 highway districts across the commonwealth, Riddell produced the best results in backing a dump truck with a trailer into a confined space simulating a narrow loading dock. The object of the competition is to come as close to the dock as possible, without hitting it, in the fastest possible time.
Last year, Greg Arvin from the Estill County crew won the state backhoe operating championship.
“We’re justifiably proud of Justin’s championship,” said Mark Westfall, District 10 chief district engineer. “For two consecutive years, the Estill County crew has produced a state champion and this reflects well on all of our county crews. The Roadeo is designed to sharpen the skills of our equipment operators as we approach the winter snow removal season, and we’ve gotten many positive comments about the job our crews do in keeping roads clear during bad weather.”
The annual district and state Equipment Roadeos allow KYTC maintenance employees to show their skills in operating the equipment they use to maintain state highways in the district. The obstacle courses simulate actual situations equipment operators may encounter in the performance of their duties. The Equipment Roadeo is intended to reinforce the importance of the winter weather aspect of highway maintenance.