The Idaho Transportation Department will be sending its top equipment operators to a national snow and ice competition in September. Matt Beckstead, of ITD’s Preston maintenance shed, will make the trip as the top statewide representative from Idaho.
Beckstead is one of three ITD employees who will represent Idaho in the 2014 American Public Works Association Western Snow and Ice Competition in Loveland, Colo., Sept. 24-26.
The District 5 (Southeast Idaho) transportation technician received top honors during ITD’s 2014 state equipment “roadeo” event in June for demonstrating skills and techniques that translate into improved highway maintenance and traveler safety.
A total of 24 employees from across the state competed in the annual event. Scores reflected an average of two rounds through the truck-driving and loader-operator courses.
Additionally, a truck inspection required competitors to find five “planted” defects in their vehicles and 10 minutes to answer a multiple-choice exam.
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