Broward County Traffic Engineering Earns High Praise from Florida Department of Transportation

Broward County signal technicians who received praise are, left to right, Anthony Spataro, Mark Morris and Eddy Piloto.
Broward County signal
technicians who received
praise are, left to right,
Anthony Spataro, Mark Morris
and Eddy Piloto.

After nearly one year since waves from Hurricane Sandy came crashing ashore onto State Road A1A, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has given acclaim to the Broward County Traffic Engineering Division for the work County signal technicians provided in getting two severely damaged pedestrian crosswalk signals reactivated.

“I want everyone to know how pleased I am at how these crosswalk signal installations turned out,” said Cleo Marsh, Broward operations engineer with FDOT. “The installations are complete and function perfectly.”

The traffic signals, located at State Road A1A at Northeast 14 Court and State Road A1A at Northeast 16 Court, were both severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and are located in the area where emergency repairs were done to the beach and State Road A1A last March.

“The signal restoration effort had to wait until certain stabilization and roadway restoration efforts were completed. Our crews, using their past experience from storms and their creative technical talents, managed to rapidly restore the operation at both intersections,” said Scott Brunner, director of Broward County Traffic Engineering Division. “This will help restore safe traffic patterns for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists as we approach the peak tourist season.”

Consuelo Avila-Ramsey
During the recent national American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Conference held in Miami, Consuelo Avila-Ramsey, safety and occupational health coordinator in the Risk Management Division and members of the AIHA Florida Local Section presented a check for $25,000 to endow a scholarship in the AIH Foundation. Consuelo is a former treasurer of the local section and member of the financial committee that made recommendations to the board to turn this into action. The AIHA Florida local section is a professional organization and is one of 70 AIHA sections through the United States.

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson, right, with Parks Director, Dan West.
Three employees at Parks and Recreation were named Employees of the Quarter, April to June, and highlighted at the Parks’ Advisory Board meeting in September at Fern Forest Nature Center. Cited were Brian McLaughlin, manager at C.B. Smith; Shayla Thomas, office support specialist at T.Y. Park; and Matt Thompson, park aide, at Anne Kolb Nature Center, West Lake Park and Hollywood North Beach.

Daniela Banu
Daniela Banu
Daniela Banu of the Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division passed away on September 29. Banu worked with the County for more than 27 years and had dedicated her career to the development and success of the Air Quality Program. She was a good friend, and incredible mentor and an inspiration to everyone she worked with.