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DPW, DDOT Employees Prepare to Compete in Heavy Machinery “Roadeo”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Annual Competition is Free and Open to the Public

City employees who operate heavy machinery on the District’s streets may make it look easy, but doing so requires significant training and skill. This Friday, employees from the Department of Public Works (DPW), District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and other city agencies, will have the chance to show off their skills as they compete in the annual Professional Equipment Roadeo.

The events are organized by vehicle type, requiring operators to demonstrate their ability to operate specific pieces of equipment under challenging circumstances. Competitors will work their way through pre-designed routes, which are divided up into timed segments with corresponding point values. First and second place winners in each event are eligible to compete in the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Regional Equipment Roadeo in Fredericksburg, Virginia this May.

“Our heavy equipment operators are among the best in the business,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “This annual competition showcases our employees’ talent, and is a fun way for the community—particularly kids—to see our heavy plows, backhoes, tow trucks, sweepers and much more in action.”

WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018; 8 a.m.—2 p.m.
WHERE: Carter Barron Parking Lot, 4850 Colorado Ave., NW
ADMISSION: Free

DPW provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.