NDOT Announces Winners of the 2024 Annual Snowplow Roadeo


The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Annual Snowplow Roadeo. The event, hosted by NDOT, took place today in Kearney at the Nebraska Safety Center showcasing the exceptional skills and expertise of snowplow operators from across the state.

The Snowplow Roadeo is an annual event in which local competitions are held in each of NDOT’s eight districts. The top two teams from each district then advance to the state competition, where they compete for the chance to represent Nebraska at the national level. This year, the national competition will be held in late Sept. in Loveland, Colo.

After a competitive display of talent and precision, the top two teams were announced, ready to take on the national stage. The winners of the 2024 Annual Snowplow Roadeo are Chad Shaul and Tyrel Yager, from District 8 in Valentine. These teams have demonstrated their exceptional skills, dedication to safety, and commitment to ensuring safe and efficient winter road maintenance.

The Snowplow Roadeo not only celebrates the expertise of snowplow operators but also highlights the importance of their role in keeping Nebraska’s roadways safe during the winter months. These skilled professionals work tirelessly to clear snow and ice, ensuring the smooth flow of traffic and minimizing potential hazards. “I want to congratulate the winners of this year’s Snowplow Roadeo,” said Vicki Kramer, Director of the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

“This event provides opportunity to test skill and showcase the level of sophistication it takes to keep our roads safe and open to those who use our roadways to travel to work, school and home. I appreciate the seriousness and the competitiveness, while also having a little fun, that was shown among the NDOT teams. We are proud to have such talented individuals representing Nebraska at the national competition.”

The national competition in Loveland, Colo., will bring together the top snowplow operators from across the country. Competitors will face a series of challenging tasks designed to test their skills in various winter road maintenance scenarios. The event provides an opportunity for operators to learn from each other, exchange best practices, and showcase their expertise on a national platform.

NDOT remains committed to promoting excellence in winter road maintenance and ensuring the safety of Nebraska’s residents and visitors. The Snowplow Roadeo serves as a reminder of the dedication and hard work put forth by snowplow operators, who play a vital role in keeping our roadways safe and accessible during inclement weather.