CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is proud to announce the winners of the "Equipment Roadeo" held in Concord April 16. The annual event tests the safety awareness and skill level of NCDOT maintenance employees in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties who operate heavy equipment.
Participants engaged in friendly competition with their co-workers to determine who can best maneuver a dump truck, tractor, backhoe or motor grader through obstacle courses that model real-life scenarios. The winner in each category will move on to compete in the statewide "Roadeo" in Raleigh July 23.
The winners are:
Orry Liles, Union County Maintenance -Single Axle Truck;
Jeff Davis, Anson County Maintenance -Tandem Axle Truck;
Travis Roberts, Bituminous Unit -Low Boy Truck;
Rodney Eudy, Anson County Maintenance -Backhoe;
Kenny Brower, Anson County Maintenance -Motor Grader; and
Ryan Bowers, Roadside Environmental Unit -Tractor Mower.
The overall goals of the "Roadeo" include helping NCDOT workers advance their skills, emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.
***Editor's Note: Winners are in the attached photo shown left to right, according to their event.***