The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announces the promotion of Mill-A resident Don Morby to Bingen Area Maintenance Supervisor, effective March 16.
The position was vacated recently after the retirement of the former area supervisor Steve Krause.
Morby, 52, has worked for WSDOT for 11 years, most recently as lead technician for the Kelso Area Maintenance Office in Cowlitz County. Prior to working for WSDOT, Morby, a Vietnam Veteran, served in the U.S. Navy between 1969 and 1992 and worked briefly for the Klickitat County Roads Department.
"It's really nice to be back home," said Morby, who had been commuting back and forth between Mill-A and his previous job in Kelso. "I love this area, and I'm looking forward to working with the Bingen crew to keep the highways out here in great shape."
The Bingen office handles all highway maintenance work on State Route 14 between Riverside Drive on the east side of Cape Horn and Horsethief Lake State Park in Klickitat County; the entire length of State Route 141 and the State Route 141 spur; and State Route 142 from Lyle to the city of Klickitat.
WSDOT maintenance activities in this area involve a wide variety of tasks, including clearing rockslides and collisions; repairing pavement, shoulders, culverts, ditches and guardrail; vegetation management; and maintaining the Chamberlain Lake Safety Rest Area.
Morby was born and raised in the Underwood area and graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon. He lives in Mill-A with his wife, Kim.
To contact WSDOT's Bingen Maintenance Office, call 493-2338.