Our Winter Road Heroes Test Their Skills


Some of the people who work hard to keep Ontario's roads safe will put their skills to the test on Wednesday in Laurentian Valley.  

Snow plow and municipal truck operators from around the province are competing in a truck safety "roadeo", an obstacle course for the highly-specialized drivers.  

Steve Boland of the Renfrew County Roads Supervisors Association says make no mistake: this is hard work - and important work - and today's competition will feature the best of the best.

"It really is a demonstration of how good these drivers are", Boland told Pure Country 96.7.

"They'll be pushing something in the order of 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of iron around the course, steering it around very well, without doing damage to themselves, their equipment or something else", Boland said.

The unique competition gets underway Wednesday morning at the Laurentian Valley Public Works Building at B-Line Road and Witt Road, and runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and it's open to the public.

There will be an awards presentation afterward.

Boland says it's a great way for the people who we depend on during the most difficult weather events to hone their skills and make sure they and their colleagues have what it takes to keep doing their critical work.

"They're out in the worst weather conditions.  Without them, we'd have a tough time getting around in the winter season", Boland noted.