MDOT awards “Road-eo” winners
Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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From left, MDOT Deputy Executive Director Brian Ratliff, District 7 Maintenance Engineer Matt Dugas, Lowboy competition first-place winner Allen L. Stewart, second-place winner Eric L. Grant, third-place winner Michael D. “Mike” Pritchitt and District 7 Assistant Maintenance Engineer Janie Bass.
From left, Ratliff, Dugas, Single-Axle Dump Truck competition first-place winner Allen L. Stewart, second-place winner Coly Smith, third-place winner Michael C. Jones and Bass.
From left, Ratliff, Dugas, Tandem-Axle Dump Truck competition first-place winner Mike Pritchitt, second-place winner Donnell Hobbs, third-place winner Charles D. “Chuck” McDaniel and Bass.
From left, Ratliff, Dugas, Backhoe competition first-place winner Jake Burge, second-place winner Jamie Wallace, third-place winner John H. Adcox and Bass.
From left, Ratliff, Dugas, Motor Grader competition first-place winner Octavius Saul, second-place winner Bobby Wayne Johnson, third-place winner Jason A. Moak and Bass.
From left, Ratliff, Dugas, Bushhog competition first-place winner Bobby Wayne Johnson, second-place winner Fayette L. “Lyle” Johnson, third-place winner Steve Lofton and Bass.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation honored several employees recently in its annual District 7 Equipment Operators Roadeo. The competition focused on efficiency and skill, as employees demonstrated their mastery of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering and heavy equipment precision.
“The focus is always on safety here at MDOT,” Southern Transportation District Commissioner Tom King said. “These roadeos are a chance for MDOT workers to improve and enhance the techniques and skills they use on the job every day. When they are working on our highways near traffic, the precision can help keep them and the traveling public safe.”
The top two winners from each event advance to the state finals.