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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

8-31-05

Contacts:

Duane Smith, Center for Transportation Research and Education, (515) 294-8103

Mike Krapfl, News Service, (515) 294-4917

Roll out the barrels: Iowa State's annual Snow Plow 'Roadeo' set for Sept. 6

AMES, Iowa -- They've got 13 minutes to execute a right-wheel straddle, plow the right curb line, get between parked cars and otherwise show off their snow-plowing skills.

It's the annual Iowa Maintenance Training Expo's Roadeo in the Hilton Coliseum parking lot. And it happens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The roadeo is a featured event of the Sept. 7 and 8 expo in Ames. About 700 city, county and transportation department representatives from around the state will attend the annual educational training session for the 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 80 driver teams will compete in the Iowa Snow Plow Roadeo, maneuvering their vehicles up to 13 minutes through 11 separate tests that replicate normal street and road obstacles. For instance, in the mailbox plowing test, a driver must knock over blocks without hitting traffic cones set 12 inches to the right of the blocks.

About 30 motor grader drivers will compete separately. They have no more than six minutes to do some bull grading -- that's knocking blocks off stands of differing heights while keeping the stands upright -- and six other maneuvers.

Media are welcome to attend the roadeo.

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Quick look

Who is Iowa's best snow plow driver? The contest is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Hilton Coliseum parking lot.