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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Proclaims May 15-21 as Public Works Week to Honor DPW, DDOT Employees

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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray today proclaimed May 15-21, 2011 “Public Works Week” in the District of Columbia. The proclamation was read at the Mayor’s Weekly City Hall Press Briefing. The celebration coincides with National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association.

“This week we celebrate the unsung heroes of District government -- the women and men of the Department of Public Works and the District Department of Transportation,” Mayor Gray said. “Everywhere you look, you see the evidence of public-works services being delivered.”

He cited the work of District employees who clean the streets and alleys; collect trash, recycling and dead animals; plant trees; manage traffic; and maintain the streets and sidewalks.

DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., and DDOT Acting Director Terry Bellamy, along with several employees from both departments, joined Mayor Gray for the announcement.

“I am proud to work with the employees of the Department of Public Works,” said Howland. “They perform miracles every day.”

“DDOT employees keep the city moving,” said Bellamy. “Whether they are fixing potholes or repairing sidewalks, they are on the job.”