- This year's title for the N.C. Department of Transportation
's annual Equipment Operators' Roadeo goes to the heavy equipment operators at Division 12 for a second year in a row. These operators, hailing from Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties, displayed a dominating performance that won the highest cumulative points at the event Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds in RaleighThe event featured the winners in six events held at local Roadeos earlier this year in the 14 NCDOT highway divisions across the state. The 84 competitors showed off their skills in operating a single axle dump truck, tandem axle dump truck, lowboy truck/trailer, motor grader, backhoe and tractor/mower. They were tested on how well they operated the equipment in maneuvering around obstacles, backing up into enclosed locations, locating safety defects, and in other situations which reflect their daily challenges. The six winners and runners-up were:Single-axle dump truck1st -Orry Liles, Union County, Division 102nd -Jason Ray, McDowell County, Division 13Tandem-axle dump truck1st -Lane Proctor, Wilson County, Division 42nd -Ricky Pate, Sampson County, Division 3Lowboy truck/trailer1st -Tyler Royster, Cleveland County, Division 122nd -Cornelius Godwin, Gate County, Division 1Motor grader1st -Adam Cook, Macon County, Division 142nd -Mark Farrell, Orange County, Division 7Backhoe1st -Nakoma Emanuel, Forsyth County, Division 92nd -Rodney Huskins, Yancey County, Division 13Tractor/mower1st -Joseph Schroeder, New Hanover County, Division 32nd -Andy Lovings, Rockingham County, Division 7The Roadeo is held to help NCDOT workers advance their skills, while emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.The winners and runners-up will now represent North Carolina against their counterparts from several other states in the Southeastern Regional competition in Roanoke, VA on September 4.
Division 12 workers proudly holding their trophy as Roadeo champions for the second year.