Department of Highways, District 11
KYTC Department of Highway District 11 Holds Equipment Roadeo Equipment Operators Showcase Their Talents

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 10, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 11
Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 250
Manchester, KY 40962

Manchester, KY (September 10, 2006) – Employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways District 11 participated in the district’s Equipment Roadeo in Bell County on Friday.  The event was held at the Bell County Technical School parking lot located on old US 119.

This competition is open to any district employee who has a CDL license and allows them the opportunity to show their skills as well as to begin preparing for the snow and ice removal season.   The competition is a skills test for our equipment operators and reminds them how important it is to be accurate and safe in the operation of their equipment. 

Transportation Cabinet employees clearing our roadways are highly trained and qualified to do what they do under seriously adverse conditions.  It requires lots of expertise to properly operate a snow plow, end loader, grader or other equipment and the Roadeo is a contest among their peers to “show ‘em what you’ve got” using state of the art equipment.
Competitions were held in three events:

• Single Axle Dump Truck w/Tandem Trailer, test driver’s ability to back a vehicle with trailer into a narrow space and stop within six inches of a dock or free-standing barricade.  This exercise simulates backing to a shipping platform between two other vehicles from a street or yard area of limited width.

• Single Axle Dump Truck w/ 11’ Snow Plow, test driver’s ability to negotiate the truck through a tight turn in a confined space, maneuvering through the lane in a manner to avoid hitting cones and/or tennis balls while maintaining continuous movement.
• Backhoe, to test driver’s ability to maneuver the hoe bucket in tight quarters.  This exercise simulates the removal of material from the ends of a culvert, drop inlet or other drainage structure without damaging the structure.  The operator lifts the hoe and maneuvers to a batting tee and attempts to remove a softball without touching the tee.  Operator then attempts to deposit the softball into one of two boxes without touching the box and ground the hoe to the side.   The ball is then placed into the hoe and the operator is required to place the softball into box #2 without touching the box and ground the hoe.  The softball is then placed between the teeth of the hoe and the operator attempts to place the softball on the tee without dropping the ball or hitting tee.

Prizes were awarded for the winner in each of the three events.  Mr. Chris Collett, Bell County Maintenance, was the winner in the Single Axle Dump Truck w/Snow Plow, Mr. Tim Isaacs, Jackson County Maintenance won the Backhoe Competition and Mr. Chris Broughton, Whitley County Maintenance won the Single Axle Dump Truck w/Tandem Trailer.  Second place winners in the three events were Michael Singleton-Jackson County Maintenance Crew for the Truck w/Tandem Trailer, Blaine Mike-Bell County Maintenance Crew for the Truck w/11’ Snowplow and Shawn Hensley-Bell County Maintenance Crew for the Backhoe.  Contestants who placed first and second in individual events in district competitions automatically advance to the State Final competition, which will be held at the KY Speedway in Sparta, this fall.
The Transportation Cabinet thanks the following merchants for donating prizes, Middlesboro Wal-Mart, Tri-City Industrial Supply in Corbin, Kenneth Wilson Auto Supply in Middlesboro, Tincher-Williams Chevrolet in London, Rudd Equipment in Corbin and London Farm Service.

District 11 consists of eight counties including Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley. 



Winners - L to R:        Chris Broughton – Truck w/Tandem Trailer

                                 Chris Collett – Truck w/Snow Plow

                                 Tim Isaacs – Backhoe

                                 Greg DeWees – Equipment Supervisor