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News Service

News Service:

Annette Hacker, manager,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

10-12-04

Contacts:

Rebekah Bovenmyer, Center for Transportation Research and Education, 515-294-2835

Debra Gibson, News Service, 515-294-4917

Roll out the barrels: ISU's annual Snow Plow 'Roadeo' set for Oct. 14

AMES, Iowa -- It will be a battle of the blades Thursday, Oct. 14, when snow plow and motor grader operators from across the state compete in the Iowa Streets and Roads Conference (formerly the Iowa Maintenance Expo) Roadeo in the Hilton Coliseum parking lot.

The Roadeo, which will run from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with awards following, is a featured event of the conference, held in Ames Oct. 12-14. About 300 Iowa city and county representatives attend the conference, which serves as the state's annual educational training session for caretakers of Iowa's 113,000 miles of roads. The conference is organized by Iowa State University's Center for Transportation Research and Education.

About 28 driver teams will compete in the Iowa Snow Plow Roadeo, maneuvering their vehicles up to 15 minutes through 12 separate sections that replicate normal street and road obstacles. For instance, a driver must knock over blocks (4 inches by 4 inches by 12 inches) without hitting traffic cones set 12 inches to the right of the blocks.

Those driving motor graders will compete separately, for no more than six minutes per course. They will perform ball-in-chute maneuvers, in which the operator picks up a large ball with the toe of the mold-board and carries it a short distance, then uses the heel on the opposite side of the motor grader to place the ball in a chute, similar to picking up snow on a blade, carrying it and depositing it. The drivers also will compete in bull grading, which requires them to knock blocks off stands of differing heights while keeping the stands upright.

Media are welcome to attend the Roadeo.

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Quick look

The annual "snow plow roadeo" pits the machine operators from around Iowa against one another in a series of manuevers that showcases their skills in moving large rigs in and out of tight spaces.