Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Competes in ‘Roadeo’

Roadeo

Crew members form the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will compete in a variety of events Thursday (April 10) at their annual ‘Roadeo’.

Representatives from the seven counties served by District 4 will face off for the 24th annual ‘Roadeo’ at the AHTD Headquarters in Barling.

As part of the competition, the workers will be showing off their speed and skill using their heavy machinery. The events will test their techniques in timed events, as well as showcase their ability to maneuver through obstacle courses.

Crew leader Lewis James said he’s been competing in the backhoe event for more than 20 years. He explained how the competition highlights the safety and skills crew members must use on a daily basis.

“We clean a lot of ditches with backhoes,” James said. “We’ve had a lot of brush trouble in our area this last winter so it`s used to remove brush from the right away. It`s used for a lot of things.”

The winners of Thursday’s events will advance to the state competition in Little Rock in May.

5NEWS Reporter Katie Kormann will be there for the competition, and bring you that story on your 5NEWS at 12.