ODOT Belmont County employees sweep annual District 11 Truck and Loader Competition
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, May 23, 2013) – Two Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) workers from Belmont County took home titles yesterday after winning District 11’s annual Truck and Loader ‘Roadeo’ competition.
Every spring, ODOT holds district truck driving and loader competitions to test the skills of individuals involved in snow and ice control. The ‘Roadeo’ was created in 1988 to recognize ODOT employees who perform the difficult task of operating snow and ice equipment as well as other heavy equipment.
Only in his second year with the department, Belmont County highway worker Joshua Luyster won this year’s District 11 Truck competition. The test course included a pre-trip inspection, a serpentine or figure 8, an alley dock, a narrow lane, offset lanes, and a stop line. Luyster resides in Belmont, Ohio.
Four-year employee Curtis Grant won this year’s District 11 Loader competition. The loader competition required participants to display both forward and backward operations as well as pick up and carry objects, such as pipe, and maneuver through very tight places, putting objects in very specific locations. Grant resides with his wife, Jennifer, and two children in Centerville, Ohio.
The Belmont County pair competed against 41 other employees from seven different counties to win the district titles. Both Luyster and Grant will represent eastern Ohio by competing in a state competition to be held September 11th at the state fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us