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PENNDOT SECRETARY ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

 PENNDOT SECRETARY ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- State Transportation


Secretary Howard Yerusalim today announced the promotion of two top managers to key engineering positions in the administration of Pennsylvania's highway system.
 Yerusalim's selection for the post of chief engineer for the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was Michael M. Ryan, a 24-year veteran of the agency who served most recently as director of the Bureau of Maintenance and Operations.
 Selected to be PennDOT's district engineer at Allentown for a six- county region was Walter E. Bortree, director of the operations review group in the central office, who has 18 years of service with the agency.
 "Both of these career professionals have demonstrated their effectiveness in other management roles with PennDOT," Yerusalim said. "I'm convinced that they are ready to take on new responsibilities as we gear up for an even larger highway and bridge program in the coming years."
 Ryan, 45, joined PennDOT in 1968 as a civil engineer trainee in the Montoursville (Lycoming County) district office and worked his way through the ranks to become district engineer at Dunmore (Lackawanna County) before joining the central office in 1987 as a bureau director.
 As chief engineer, Ryan will be in charge of the four central office bureaus and the 500 engineers, technicians and other professionals who give technical support to the field units responsible for the maintenance and construction of the state-operated 41,000 miles of highways and 25,000 bridges.
 Ryan succeeds William R. Moyer, who is now PennDOT deputy secretary for highway administration.
 A registered professional engineer, Ryan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master's degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two sons, Todd, 21, and Toby, 18, and reside in Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County).
 Bortree, 49, also a registered professional engineer, started at PennDOT with the central maintenance bureau and later served as an assistant district engineer at Uniontown before returning in 1987 to direct operations review. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Bortree earned a civil engineering master's degree from Penn State and a master's degree in public works administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
 As one of PennDOT's 11 district engineers, Bortree will be responsible for construction and maintenance on the state highway system in his district that includes more than 3,600 miles of roads and 2,100 bridges in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties.
 Bortree succeeds P. Thomas Barilar who retired earlier this year.
 Bortree and his wife, Joanne, currently reside in East Pennsboro Twp. (Cumberland County). They have three sons, Brian, 23; Timothy, 22, and Bradley, 5.
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 /CONTACT: James McCarron of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 717-783-8800/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU: PER


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