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Women outnumber men on state road project

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PIKEVILLE Engineering is no longer an unusual field for women.

Indeed, the state's first female chief district engineer was Linda Wagner Justice of Floyd County, who now serves as deputy executive director of operations and construction for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. But it is still unusual for each of the top three engineers on a major road project to be women.

District 12 may have another first. The design engineer, project manager and construction engineer on the Minnie-to-Harold connector in Floyd County are all women.

Lisa Townes, PE, is the design engineer. She works for H.A. Spaulding of Hazard, engineering consultants.

Mary Westfall-Holbrook, PE, a native of Floyd County, is the project manager. She works for Highway District 12's preconstruction branch. She said that phase one of the three-phase project is under construction, from Harold to Branham's Creek (Grethel). The other two sections are in the final design phase.

Robin Trimble Justice, PE, also of Floyd County, is resident construction engineer on the project. She works for Highway District 12's construction branch.

"The three of them being assigned to this project just happened that way," said chief district engineer Danl L. Hall. "We have several women engineers at District 12, but the men do still outnumber the women, so when everyone got together for the most recent team meeting about the project, it finally dawned on us that the women outnumber the men on this one."

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