Truck Day Event This Saturday, May 21 in Gaithersburg

by Patrick Herron

“Public Works Week” is a national week in May to honor essential workers. In recognition of employees of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOTs) Division of Highway Services, a social media campaign is underway highlighting the essential work they do. The week will conclude with a free, family-friendly Truck Day event on Saturday, May 21, that will allow the public to tour and sit in County-owned vehicles.

Truck Day will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the MCDOT Gaithersburg Depot, which is located at 17000 Crabbs Branch Way in Gaithersburg.

The American Public Works Association has announced “Ready & Resilient” as the theme for its 2022 National Public Works Week campaign. The theme emphasizes that public works employees are always ready to serve their communities and are resilient despite encountering challenges.

“Public Works employees provide vital services for our residents,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “These essential workers keep residents safe and are always ready to respond. I am very thankful for the amazing job these men and women do—keeping our infrastructure safe through storm and flood response and right-of-way management. They help make Montgomery County a great place to live.”

Highway Services employees respond to issues on the road reported to MCDOT by the public. They are committed to “protecting our residents and dealing with issues that hinder travel and safety throughout the year,” said County Executive Elrich.

MCDOT Highway Services employees provide and sustain essential services that improve the County’s quality of life. Those services include clearing trees in roadways, snow removal, flood response, storm management, street cleaning and leafing programs. Click here to watch a video interview with a Highway Services staff member.

“Residents rely on our Highway Services staff more than they are probably aware of,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “They are the first boots on the ground when issues arise, and they are an incredibly efficient group of problem solvers. Residents typically don’t see them fixing issues at all hours, in all types of weather conditions; but they do. And they do an incredible job.”

For information on MCDOT programs, follow MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram visit the MCDOT website and subscribe to MCDOT’s “Go Montgomery!” newsletter.

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