LEWISTON – Two Lewiston Public Works employees recently received a second-place team award at the annual Highway Congress held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.

Reggie Poussard, solid waste equipment operator, and James Norton, highway equipment operator, participated in the Snowplow Rodeo, an event in which public works departments and Maine Department of Transportation workers from throughout the state send their best snowplow operators to compete.

Participants are provided with a plow truck and must complete an intensive obstacle course demonstrating their skill and precision. Poussard also won a “best score of the day” award as an individual participant and was recognized for his proficiency.

Bill Stretton, Lewiston’s safety, training and loss time coordinator, noted, “This is truly a test of skill and perception, and their outstanding results are a testament to these public works employees’ abilities.”

The congress is held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds the first Thursday of every June and is sponsored by the American Public Works Association. State-of-the art equipment and materials with the public works/construction trade are featured via hundreds of exhibitors and product demonstrations.

Director of Public Works Dave Jones added, “It is quite the compliment for the city of Lewiston to have had two of its public works employees demonstrate such exemplary operating skills amidst so many professional operators from throughout the state of Maine.”

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