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DOTcomPENNDOT HONORS ITS 2019 STARS OF EXCELLENCEEvery year, PennDOT recognizes some of its most innovativeemployees who exemplify our mission to provide the very besttransportation services to Pennsylvanians every day. Recently, 30employees from around the state were given a Star of ExcellenceAward, the agency's highest recognition."Every day, I am reminded of our employees' dedication, theirexcellent customer service, and in many cases, their sacrifices,"said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "The accomplishmentsof our Stars of Excellence exemplify PennDOT's mission toprovide the very best transportation services to Pennsylvaniansevery day."From the descriptions of our Stars' achievements, you will seehow the day to day work of exceptional individuals spells greatsuccess for PennDOT: significant savings for taxpayers, improvedservice delivery, and advancements in safety and productivity.Winners of the 2019 Star of Excellence Awards are listed below.For more information on why each winner was selected, Viewthe June 11 blog post or view the program Booklet 2019.pdfCentral OfficeDistrict 4 — Dunmore/Scranton/Wilkes‐BarreGarth D. Bridenbaugh, P.E., Civil Engineer Manager, Bureauof Project Delivery, Highway AdministrationCharles J. DeFebo, Assistant Highway Maintenance ManagerJessica L. Clark, Transportation Planning Manager, Centerfor Program Development & Management, PlanningDistrict 5 — Allentown/Lehigh ValleyKeith Doersom, Chief Pilot, Bureau of Aviation, MultimodalTransportationErica B. Dutton, Administrative Officer, Office of DeputySecretary for Administration1Michael J. Nesgoda Jr., Building Services SupervisorTodd F. Stehle, Highway ForemanDavid G. Viola Jr., Senior Civil Engineer SupervisorDistrict 6 — King of Prussia/PhiladelphiaVincent J. Cerbone, Traffic Control Specialist ManagerJillian L. Harry, District Press Officer, District 1, Press OfficeMarilyn R. Musiowski, Clerk TypistRichard E. Heineman, Roadway Program Manager, Bureauof Maintenance and Operations, Highway AdministrationDistrict 8 — HarrisburgDouglas E. Knoll, P.E., District Bridge EngineerRayna Lemelle, Administrative Officer, Bureau of SupportServices, Driver & Vehicle ServicesMazhar A. Malik, District Permit ManagerStephanie J. Shoemaker, Accountant, Bureau of FiscalManagement, AdministrationZachary R. Ickes, Highway ForemanDistrict 1 — Oil City/ErieKelli H. Scalia, Roadway Programs CoordinatorDavid M. Demyanovich, Transportation EquipmentOperator SupervisorDistrict 10 — IndianaJennifer L. Nulph, Construction Finals Unit SupervisorLayne K. Norris, Stock ClerkDistrict 9 — Hollidaysburg/AltoonaKevin D. Pollino, Right of way AdministratorDistrict 2 — ClearfieldDistrict 11 — Bridgeville/PittsburghDavid R. Karp, Transportation Construction ManagerJoseph W. Kurnot, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer SupervisorVictoria E. Rusnak, E.I.T., Transportation Planning ManagerJohn B. Myler, Transportation Construction ManagerDistrict 3 — Montoursville/WilliamsportDistrict 12 — UniontownCrista L. Dailey, Human Resources OfficerGary V. Ferrari, Senior Civil Engineer SupervisorJennifer A. Reed, Roadway Programs CoordinatorJohn "Jay" M. Ofsanik, Safety Press Officer

DOTcomWELCOME TO THE DOTcom!TABLE OF CONTENTSPennDOT Honors its 2019 Starsof Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Program Offers Win Win Opportunity forCounty Maintenance and VocationalStudents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3This Is PennDOT: A Video to EncourageStudents to 'Think Penndot' forTheir Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4PennDOT Interns Honored as WorkplaceHeroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Pennsylvania Stic's CommunicationSuccesses Highlighted at National FHWAMeeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Bracing for Schuylkill ExpresswayClosures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Margiotti Bridge Project Wins Award . . . . .7PennDOT Provides Mid Year Update OnStatewide Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8PennDOT District 4 Honors Employee forGoing Above and Beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8Saving the Bees, Butterflies With a PollinatorGarden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Public Encouraged to Vote for PennDOTProject in National Transportation Awards,Regional Awards Received . . . . . . . . . . . .10Collaboration Between PennDOT’sCentral Region Traffic ManagementCenter and Local 911 Centers SavesTime and Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11FROM THEsecretaryDear Colleagues,In many board rooms and organizations across the professional spectrum,people are discussing their workforce. Who is on the team, how do theyimpact our organization, and how do we prepare for the future? In anysuch discussions – to be truly successful – there needs to be honestassessment of how much needs to change and how an organization canbring about that change.Transportation and other traditionally STEM related fields can have someof the biggest impacts on our way of life and therefore benefit fromdiverse, new perspectives. In other words, they are just like any otherprofessional tracks – but they also have the challenge of lowerrepresentation among women and minorities. As the first female Secretaryof Transportation in Pennsylvania, I have seen and worked hard to expandwho is gathered under our internal and business relationship tent.In this issue of the DOTcom, I’m so happy to highlight the great work ofour employees. Our Stars of Excellence exemplify PennDOT’s mission toprovide the very best transportation services to Pennsylvanians every day.Our School to Employment at PennDOT (STEP) program offers high schoolstudents valuable job shadowing experience and the opportunity to“step” from the classroom to the workforce.At PennDOT, we are proud to offer a wide range of employmentopportunities, and we celebrate the diversity of our workforce.Sincerely.Secretary of TransportationThis quarterly newsletter highlights our latestefforts to improve mobility and quality of lifein Pennsylvania.This issue features PennDOT's 2019 Star OfExcellence awards, PennDOT (STEP) program,PennDOT interns honored as Workplace Heroes,PennDOT awards, project updates and more!As always, feel free to send story ideas orrequests for information you want to see. Ifyou’re involved in an interesting or innovativeproject or initiative, have ever wondered aboutother parts of PennDOT’s operations or haveother suggestions, email the Press Office atra more information please visit our website: www.PennDOT.govOr find us on social media hope you enjoy this latest issue!

DOTcomPROGRAM OFFERS WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNTYMAINTENANCE AND VOCATIONAL STUDENTSBy: Joshua Kaufer, Safety Press Officer, District 1PennDOT's Crawford County office's participationin a statewide program gives students a chanceto dip their toes into a career before steppingfully into the workforce.The county is one of two in District 1 that participatesin the School To Employment at PennDOT (STEP)program — joining Venango County. In CrawfordCounty's maintenance office, four students fromCrawford County Career and Technical Center arefinishing their senior year working alongside stateemployees in a cooperative educational experience.Three of the students assist with work in the garageand in the field. They are Nate Sorger, a weldingstudent of Maplewood High School; Garrett Boylan, adiesel student of Cambridge Springs High School; andChad Jones, a carpentry student of Conneaut AreaHigh School. Grace Csiky of Conneaut Area HighSchool works as an administrative assistant in thecounty office.According to Bonnie Stein, cooperative education coordinator for Crawford County Career and Technical Center, theSTEP Program provides five key advantages for the teens:Earn while they learn; receive school credits for working; develop good work habits; learn life skills, and obtainemployment in the local community.The yearlong program lasts from July 1, 2019, untilJune 30, 2020, with students working part time hours.The students still attend classes while working and areexpected to maintain a high grade point averagewhile finishing their final year of high school.The classroom work is designed to reinforce the skillslearned on the job, giving the students an all aroundlearning experience."I have really enjoyed my work experience here," Csikysaid. "The ladies in the office with me have supportedme and helped prepare me for my future career."Aaron Fox, Crawford County maintenance manager,sees the benefits of the STEP program for both thestudents and the department. He says the garageand office staff really value the assistance thestudents give."This program is a perfect 'step' from the classroom tothe workforce," he said. In the past five years, theCrawford County Maintenance Office has hired threeSTEP graduates into full time positions.3

DOTcomTHIS IS PENNDOT: A VIDEO TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO‘THINK PENNDOT' FOR THEIR CAREERBy: Jan Huzvar, Deputy Communications Director, Central OfficeEmployees who are in thescience, technology, engineeringand math (STEM) fields are inhigh demand. The situation is nodifferent here at PennDOT.While some PennDOT careers areobvious — highway pavers, bridgeinspectors, driver’s license examiners,and snow plow drivers — manycareers vital to the smooth operationof Pennsylvania's transportationsystem are not. Those careers includeapp developers, internet technologymanagers, photogrammetrytechnicians, civil engineers and more.In addition to STEM careers, thedepartment needs those interested inin skilled trades, professional,technical, business, and administrativeand clerical work.PennDOT's School to Employment at PennDOT (STEP) program introduces eligible high school students who have completed theirjunior year to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's operations and provides them with meaningful work assignments withthe hope that they will consider PennDOT as their career employer after their education. The students are hired to support a variety ofPennDOT functions, including skilled trades, professional/technical/business, and administrative/clerical work.PennDOT worked with Commonwealth MediaServices (CMS), a full service multimedia andmarketing provider for commonwealth agencies,and produced a video highlighting STEPparticipants and PennDOT employees in STEM related positions. The goal of the video is toencourage students and those with an interestin these fields to consider PennDOT fortheir careers.The video was debuted to high school studentswho entered and were chosen as finalists inPennDOT's Innovations Challenge — acompetition to encourage innovative solutions toreal world transportation challenges.To gauge the effectiveness of the video, we prepared a two‐questionsurvey to give to the students after they viewed the video:Before watching the "This is PennDOT" video, did you consider a career atPennDOT? Yes/NoAfter watching the video, will you consider a career at PennDOT? Yes/NoThe results:Before watching the video, of the 29 students who watched the video andtook the survey:19 did NOT consider a career with PennDOT prior to watching the video10 DID consider a career with PennDOT prior to watching the videoAfter watching the video, of the 29 students who watched the video and tookthe survey:28 WILL consider a career after watching the video1 will NOT consider a career with PennDOT after watching the videoIt appears that the video met our goal of getting high school students to"Think PennDOT" for their career!PennDOT is a great place to work, and we have a great story to tell.The creation of "This is PennDOT" gave us just one more opportunity to do so.4

DOTcomDistrict 1 Executive Jim Foringer, far left, presented Workplace Hero certificates to interns Jacob Southwick, second from left, andNick Swatzler, second from right, for their role in helping James Garfield, center, when he was stuck under his tractor by the side ofthe road. Also pictured is Transportation Construction Manager 2, Chad Tarr, who supervises the interns.PENNDOT INTERNS HONORED AS WORKPLACE HEROESBy: Jill Harry, Community Relations Coordinator, District 1Two PennDOT interns were honored as Workplace Heroes fortaking the right action when they found themselves at the rightplace to help a stranger in need earlier this summer.On July 16, construction interns Jacob Southwick of Titusville andNick Swatzler of Galloway assisted in lifting a tractor that had fallenonto its driver."I was glad we got there when we did because it took all three ofuse to lift the tractor."They remained on the scene until the ambulance and VernonTownship Police arrived."We wanted to make sure that he was OK," Swatzler said.The two happened upon the scene while traveling to inspect adetour sign that had been posted in connection with the "Big I"Roundabout project in Crawford County.Once Garfield was loaded into the ambulance, Swatzler andSouthwick returned to their route and inspected the detour sign asassigned.What first caught their attention was another driver who hadalready pulled over to the side of the road.Three weeks later, Southwick and Swatzler were able to visit withGarfield, when he attended the Workplace Hero ceremony at theconstruction field office on August 7, 2019."We thought he was acting strange, but as we got closer we sawthe tractor," Southwick said. "The windows were down, and wecould hear the guy yelling for help."They safely parked their vehicle and went to see what washappening. What they discovered was 76 year old James Garfieldof Crawford County had accidentally rolled his small tractor into aditch, and he was pinned beneath the machinery.Once trapped, Garfield struggled to get the attention of thosedriving past."I could hardly see anyone because I was upside down andbackwards," Garfield said. "I was covered by the tractor."Those who did stop, including Southwick and Swatzler, quicklysprang into action.The other good Samaritan on scene, a former EMT, assessed thesituation as the PennDOT employees tried to talk with Garfield.With the ambulance on the way, they decided to take additionalaction as Garfield was having trouble breathing."We decided to lift the tractor and pull (him) out," Southwick said.5Workplace Hero is an award open to PennDOT employees who,during work hours, take actions that prevent the death or seriousinjury of a co worker or member of public."I appreciate the help that was given and I'm so glad for theirintervention," Garfield said.Transportation Construction Manager 2, Chad Tarr, who supervisesthe interns, said it was a series of little decisions that led to thefirst year employees being at the scene of the accident on MiddleRoad, like sending both of them to handle the possible signrelocation and taking a different route than normal."Nick and Jacob are a shining example of the high level of publicservice PennDOT employees provide every day," District 1Executive Jim Foringer said. "These two gentlemen were not onlyat the right place at the right time but were willing to take the rightaction.""You have to be ready for anything," Southwick said of his timeworking for PennDOT. "You have to be able to help people whenthey need it. I like that this job enables us to do that."

DOTcomPENNSYLVANIA STIC'S COMMUNICATION SUCCESSESHIGHLIGHTED AT NATIONAL FHWA MEETINGBy: Richard Kirkpatrick, Bureau of InnovationsLessons from Pennsylvania's award winning StateTransportation Innovation Council (STIC) reached anationwide audience of state level transportation officialson April 11.PennDOT's Bureau of Innovations highlighted the PennsylvaniaSTIC's successes and enviable track record of widespreadcollaboration at the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA)National STIC Meeting from Washington, D.C.Broadcasting from the Commonwealth Media Services studio inHarrisburg, bureau staffers Danielle Klinger Grumbine and AnjaWalker outlined the accomplishments of the Pennsylvania STIC inan "Innovation Through Collaboration and Communication"presentation that was seen by state DOT officials across thenation. They stressed the STIC's breadth – representing 26organizations from government, industry, planning agencies, andacademia and how active engagement of all parties spells thedifference between success and failure.Highlighting a record of success since its inception in 2012, STIChas reviewed more than 80 innovations. Besides supporting andpromoting deployment of FHWA's Every Day Counts innovations,the Pennsylvania STIC looks at other grassroots innovations thatcan be advanced.The presentation highlighted that communication is key toadvancing innovations."We need to ensure we are communicating about the rightinnovation at the right time to the right people," Klinger Grumbine said. "Since the STIC's inception, tailoredcommunications and collaboration with our partnerorganizations have played a critical role in effectively promotingSTIC innovations to a variety of target audiences."The Pennsylvania STIC's communications goals, she added, areto: 1) increase knowledge, 2) gain acceptance and 3) dispelmyths about innovations among our target audiences. Buy inand support are critical to ensure successful deployment.The communications tools used by the Pennsylvania STIC includenews releases, webinars, articles, conferences and outreachevents, educational videos, social media posts, and infographics.The PennDOT Press Office assists the Bureau of Innovations withmany of these tasks.Among the STIC successes is High Friction Surface Treatment,which was embraced across the state thanks to the targetedcommunications efforts.With 67 counties and more than 2,500 municipalities,Pennsylvania poses a significant challenge when it comes toeducating local officials about transportation innovations. Toovercome potential obstacles, the Pennsylvania STIC conductedan outreach survey and then used the results to host a LocalGovernment Innovations Day and then a Local GovernmentSafety Seminar.Using PennDOT's Local Technical Assistance Program and STICIncentive Program funding, a hands on Salt and SnowManagement Course to help spread improved wintermaintenance techniques across the state was developed. So far,more than 70 on site classes were held for nearly 1,600participants.Assuming oversight of STIC in 2016, the Bureau of Innovationshas been working to set a vision for STIC "Moving Forward." Astrategic plan was unveiled in 2018, and it provides "theframework to reorganize, reenergize, and right size the STIC toincrease participation opportunities to develop and deployproven innovations across Pennsylvania," Walker said.Walker added that the STIC Moving Forward plan established aprocess driven management structure to ensure consistentinnovation development practices.Since the plan's launch, six new innovations have been submittedand are being developed for deployment.In conjunction with the strategic plan, the STIC ManagementTeam is also working on a comprehensive marketing strategy andcommunications plan. It calls for developing a STIC catalogue ofinnovations, a STIC media center with ready to usecommunications materials for use by partners and stakeholdersand added in person awareness briefings and webinars to bringthe innovations message home.A recording on the National STIC Meeting is available on FHWA'swebsite. To learn more about the Pennsylvania STIC, visit theSTIC's website, which features the 2018 STIC Year End Report.6

DOTcomAs part of this project, a 345 foot long viaduct carrying I 76 over Route23 and Arrowmink Creek in WestConshohocken will be repaired.BRACING FOR SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY CLOSURESBy: Brad Rudolph, Communi

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