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PennDOT honors employees with Star of Excellence

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards Monday recognized 30 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

Two employees from PennDOT’s District 6, which represents Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, were among the honorees.

“Every day, I am reminded of our employees’ dedication, their excellent customer service, and in many cases, their sacrifices,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

Local winners Vincent Cerbone and Marilyn Musiowski were honored at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“Vince and Marilyn’s dedication to their work helps make District 6 more efficient in its traffic operations and helps elevate our efforts every day to keep our highways safe and beautiful,” said PennDOT District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain.

Cerbone is the District 6 Traffic Control Specialist manager, effectively leading the Philadelphia region’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for the Philadelphia region.

He routinely collaborates with maintenance staff to implement safety improvements in concert with resurfacing projects to reduce costs and extend the service life of the pavement. This enhanced efficiency stems from Cerbone’s use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, which has helped save the department an estimated $25,000 each year.

Musiowski’s commitment to cultivating Adopt-A-Highway program (AAH) groups and her attention to detail has helped reduce litter removal expenditures. Her coordination efforts with the 253 volunteer groups, covering more than 530 miles of highway, have saved the department approximately $107,352 per year.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers, to traffic control specialists, communications staff and design and engineering specialists.

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