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May 19, 2:24 PM EDT

Pennsylvania transportation exec leaving for contractor job


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official who's overseen billions of dollars' worth of road projects in the Pittsburgh area is leaving to take a job with a major contractor.

Dan Cessna announced Friday that he's starting work Monday with Michael Baker International.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2rAgxwD ) says Cessna has supervised $3.7 billion worth of road work in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties as PennDOT's District 11 executive. Cessna says his biggest accomplishments are reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges from 601 to 264 and cutting the amount of interstate highways with poor ride quality from 25 percent to 5 percent.

Cessna says, "The right company came after me with the right job."

He'll oversee all of Bakers Pennsylvania projects including roads, oil and gas infrastructure and other jobs.

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