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Central Texan Wins Statewide Adopt-a-Highway Award
Contact: Kelli Reyna
Phone: (512) 832-7060
Date: June 27, 2014

TxDOT maintenance office manager honored for excellent service to community, environment

AUSTIN — A prestigious award was presented to a Central Texas maintenance employee for her hard work and outstanding efforts to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program.

Kristi Morriss, Fredericksburg Maintenance office manager for TxDOT’s Austin District, received the Adopt-a-Highway maintenance employee award for going above and beyond the call of duty—keeping the program going strong while preserving and protecting the Texas environment. Morriss was recognized during the 2014 Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin on June 25, 2014.

Morriss, a Kerr County resident, was nominated for her exceptional ability to surpass minimum expectations for obligations to the Adopt-a-Highway program and for her continued devotion and dedication to help the program flourish.

“Kristi is dedicated to her job as an Adopt-a-Highway coordinator and constantly works to reinforce a spirit of environmental stewardship,” said Howard Lyons, area engineer for TxDOT’s Burnet County Area Office. “Her leadership and support of the program helps her stand out. She is an excellent role model and is well-deserving of this honor.”

Nominees for the Adopt-a-Highway awards come from groups statewide, including all 25 TxDOT districts, and are presented annually by TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful to honor volunteers and coordinators who help sustain and grow the Texas-born, 29-year-old Adopt-a-Highway program.

Morriss has worked for the department for more than eight years.

To listen to the new Adopt-a-Highway PSA created by Texas musician Dan Dyer, titled “Extra 2 Miles For Texas,” learn more about the Adopt-a-Highway program or to get involved, visit http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/programs/adoptahighway.php.

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