‘Snow Road-eo’ set in Rock Island

Snow Road-eo
The Rock Island Public Works Department “Snow Road-eo” is set for Thursday. CREDIT CITY OF ROCK ISLAND

The Rock Island Public Works Department is getting ready for the snow.

A special training event for city snowplow drivers – called the “Snow Road-eo” – is set for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the city’s Public Works Municipal Services Building, 100 6th Ave.

The event is a day of training and a fun competition among public works employees to prepare them for the upcoming winter season. 

The Road-eo is divided into three phases: a written exam, obstacle course and a walk-around inspection of the vehicle. Scores are given for each phase and the person with the highest score wins.

“We take the highest scoring drivers from the first round and have them face off in a final competition for an overall winner,” said Public Works Director Michael Bartels. “Everyone wants bragging rights, so it can get pretty competitive. At the same time, it is helping with preparedness, education and safety.”

He added: “For some of our drivers, this is the first time they will operate a snow plow since being hired this year. This helps them be better prepared to operate the snow plow equipment.”

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