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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Donavan Willcutt, Public Works Director at (360) 867-2271 or WillcutD@co.thurston.wa.us

Commissioners Proclaim May 18–24 Public Works Week
Thurston County joins nation in acknowledging dedicated public works employees

Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation today designating this week as "National Public Works Week" in Thurston County. Thurston County joins the American Public Works Association and communities across the country in acknowledging the importance of public infrastructure in our communities, and in celebrating the dedicated employees who help plan, build and maintain that infrastructure.

"This proclamation is a great way to start our construction season this year. I think it's a great reminder to the public that we have dedicated, hard-working employees out there in the field who work every day to make sure our roads, utilities, infrastructure and environment are safe and serve the public well," said Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela.

"Proclaiming this week to be Public Works Week in Thurston County give us the opportunity to remind our residents that our public works employees do so much more than just roads and utilities. We are about safety, recycling, sustainability and beatification of our community," said Thurston County Public Works Director Donavan Willcutt.

"To help celebrate Public Works Week and demonstrate just how many times each day you use public works infrastructure, we've done our web pages in orange, and we have a number of staff members here today dressed in orange safety gear," said Willcutt. "This is a great opportunity to remind folks to drive slow and safe in construction zones, and to thank all of the wonderful people on our staff that help keep our community safe, clean and beautiful."

Thurston County Public Works – By the Numbers:
  • Over 1,000 centerline miles of roads
  • 47 miles of trails
  • 119 bridges
  • 17,000 traffic signs
  • 800 street lights
  • Over 1,400 miles of line paint
...and in 2013,
  • Cleaned 1,092 road shoulder miles and collected 189,262 pounds of garbage (29,336 pounds of that was recycled)
  • Collected 138,000 pounds of doggy poo at our dog park, and distributed 24,000 pooper scooper bags
  • Removed 254 deer from our roads (with many going to feed the wolves at Wolf Haven)
  • Provided 10 miles of toilet paper in our public restrooms
  • The Waste and Recovery Center, or WARC, served 188,000 customers

For more information about Public Works Week in Thurston County and to view today's proclamation, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks.

To learn more about National Public Works Week and get information on careers in public works, visit the American Public Works Association website at www.apwa.net.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3