PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Bureau of Transportation is getting the community to appreciate snowplow drivers a little more with the Sunderland Yard obstacle course.
Plow truck driving is fraught with difficulty — gravel in the truck bed, plow on the front, driving on with bad road conditions. This obstacle course is offering a refresher for drivers as well as a chance for community members to get a greater appreciation for what goes into driving these trucks.
“Understand that our plow operators are looking out not just for traffic and other cars,” said PBOT’s Dylan Rivera. “They’re looking out for parked cars, curb extensions, speed bumps — lots of obstacles for them in our roads.”
PBOT hopes as more people see the turns, backups and tight spaces plow drivers have to navigate, they’ll understand the need to give the big rigs more space when they’re driving actual snow routes this winter.
There are 1,750 road miles PBOT focuses on keeping clear when bad weather hits. Through this driving exercise, they hope regular drivers won’t make the plow drivers job more difficult by passing or crowding the rucks and giving them ample distance to do their jobs.