July 22, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:28 pm Contentious House Hearing Examines FTA’s CIG Program, HTF Impact
  • 12:20 pm FHWA’s Hendrickson to Become AASHTO’s Deputy Director
  • 12:16 pm GAO Report Finds INFRA Grant Program Lacks Consistency, Transparency
  • 12:11 pm FHWA’s Nason Highlights Need to Reserve 5.9 GHz Spectrum for Transportation
  • 12:07 pm USDOT, FMCSA Step-Up Efforts to Deter Human Trafficking

From Sept. 4 through 6 this year, teams from 11 state departments of transportation competed in the 16th annual Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo in Rogers, Arkansas, where they pitted their knowledge of safety practices and equipment operating skills against one another in “friendly yet fierce” competition across six categories: tractor-lowboy trailer, tandem axle dump truck, single axle dump truck, mower, backhoe, and motor grader.

The team of operators fielded by the Arkansas Department of Transportation won the overall competition, taking home the first place trophy (seen above), with the team from the South Carolina DOT placing second and Tennessee DOT placing third.

SREOR mower maneuvering course, ARDOT

Danny Straessle, ARDOT’s public information officer, told the AASHTO Journal that the “best of the best” compete in this event. He noted that ARDOT’s personnel must first survive district-level events and then a state-wide competition in order to get a chance to compete in the SREOR, which many of them treat as the “Super Bowl” for state DOT transportation equipment operators.

First place finishers received belt buckles this year, with second- and third-place finishers getting medals, Straessle noted, with “bragging rights” being the ultimate prize.

“This yearly event is about fostering safety awareness of employees working in or around work zones, strengthening team spirit and teamwork, and recognizing exceptionally skilled equipment operators in a friendly, competitive atmosphere,” he added. “We also invite the competitor’s families to the event so they can see just how important these jobs are.”


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