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State Highway Workers Keep Mountain Passes Safe


Members of Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 at the Washington State Department of Transportation recently completed a highway project that helps keep mountain passes safe.

Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

The road to Stevens Pass in Washington State may be a little safer thanks to public employees like Sue Warren. Warren and her crew from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) work at the Wenatchee project office, and just completed one section of a major project on Stevens Pass. The US 2 Stevens Pass West Slope Stabilizing project will be done in three sections.

The first part, which ran from May to November, preserved four different rock slopes along US 2 in a three-mile section from the Stevens Pass Summit (west) to reduce the potential for loose rocks to roll down onto the roadway, thereby creating driving hazards.

The project was particularly challenging because it involved mountain weather conditions and was located at 4,000 feet of elevation. It also involved debris removal, scaling of loose rocks from the slopes and installing rock bolts and steel cable netting.

Warren has worked for most of her professional career at WSDOT on both the administrative and engineering sides.

“I started my career with WSDOT as a secretary and then moved over into the engineering side after seven years. I then worked in the field for the next nine years and then moved back into the office doing contract administration. This was my first year back in the field after six years of contract administration,” said Warren.

Now, she one of the few women engineers to oversee huge highway projects across the state. Warren is one of the dedicated, highly skilled, employees who are members of Local 17 and who help keep Washington drivers safe.

Professional and Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17 ( represents more than 8,000 professional, technical, managerial, and administrative public employees who serve the citizens of Washington and Oregon.

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