Scores of backhoes and dump trucks will rumble along State Street from Sandy to the State Capitol Monday morning to kick off Utah Public Works Week.

The equipment parade is being held to increase public awareness of the role played by dedicated public works employees, whose efforts often go unsung, said Terry Holzworth, parade chairman for the American Public Works Association's local chapter.The parade will begin at the South Towne Mall at 8:30 a.m. Parade participants are scheduled to meet with Gov. Norm Bangerter on the capitol steps at 11 a.m. where he will sign a proclamation setting aside May 15-21 as Public Works Week in Utah.

Politicians from around the county will be pulling parade duty - not waving from the back of a convertible like in most parades, but from atop some of the construction equipment.

Other events during the week include a Wednesday golf tournament and an awards banquet where a posthumous Meritorious Service Award will be given to M. Glenn Weaver, West Valley City's public works director who died recently.