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Contact:  Natasha F. Lacy
Public Information Officer
District 7 - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
KYTC.District7Info@ky.gov
(859) 246-2355
(859) 246-2689 ext. 265
http://transportation.ky.gov/District-7

Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators’ Safety and Training Conference to be held in Lexington
To be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 9-11
 
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2013)Central Kentucky media are invited to observe highway crews as they compete on Wednesday, September 11, in the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators’ Safety and Training Conference.
 
KYTC will host the regional event, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The best equipment operators from nine states will meet and compete for top spots.
 
Each of the 12 highway districts that make up the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has its own competition for crews.  The two top winners from each district event advance to the statewide Roadeo.
 
Two highway equipment operators from District 7 will be competing on Wednesday:
 
John Towles – Single Axle Road Course (Snow Plow)/1st place – State Roadeo
Jeremy Claunch – Motor Grader/2nd place – State Roadeo
 
District 7 personnel have the responsibility for treating highways in Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford Counties. 
 
The KYTC State Roadeo was held at the Anderson County Community Park in Lawrenceburg during August 20 – 21.  It was the eighth year for the event.  The event is an opportunity for men and women who maintain Kentucky’s roads to hone their skills.  The maintenance of roads includes clearing ice and snow.
 
Equipment operators compete in events such as an obstacle course in a dump truck with an 11 foot plow blade.  Other events feature backhoes, graders, tractors and trucks.
 
WHAT:     Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators’ Safety and Training Conference
                    
WHEN:     Competition is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  The Kentucky Horse Park , Lexington
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