ODOT HOSTS ANNUAL ROADEO
Local winners to represent northwest Ohio in statewide competition
BOWLING GREEN (July 18, 2019) – Employees from Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 2 participated in the annual "Roadeo" competition Wednesday, July 17. ODOT District 1 hosted their Roadeo on Wednesday, May 1.
The roadeo is a friendly competition that pits equipment operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job. Before running the course, participants are required to find deliberate mechanical bugs during a pre-trip equipment inspection.
The competition also included a test of the rules and laws pertaining to holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL). All highway technicians at ODOT are required to retain a CDL.
“The roadeo is an important tradition for our professional drivers. It allows them the opportunity to exercise practical skills and requires a fair amount of precision,” said Chris Hughes, deputy director of ODOT District 1.
"The friendly competition encourages everyone to enhance their skills to be the best in their county, district, and hopefully the state," said Patrick McColley, deputy director of ODOT District 2.
The top two winners from both the truck and loader competition will represent their districts at the statewide Roadeo competition, which will be held in Columbus on August 28.
The truck winners are:
|1st: Chris Miles, Defiance County
||1st: Dana Missler, Williams County|
|2nd: Chris Lobsiger, Van Wert County
||2nd: Robert Repasz, Wood County|
|3rd: Bradley Trentman, Van Wert County
||3rd: Zach Wertz, Fulton County|
The loader winners are:
|1st: Leon Goyings, District 1 garage
||1st: Matt Nelson, Northwood Outpost|
|2nd: Dylan Neff, Wyandot County
||2nd: Dana Missler, Williams County|
|3rd: Chris Miles, Defiance County
||3rd: Chuck Theis, Seneca County|
ODOT District 1 roadeo winners and runners-up, from left to right: Leon Goyings, Dylan Neff, Chris Miles and Chris Lobsiger.
ODOT District 2 roadeo winners and runners-up, from left to right: Robert Repasz, Matt Nelson, Chuck Theis, Zach Wertz, and Dana Missler.
District 1 encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot counties.
District 2 encompasses Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood counties.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.