DOTD Gets First Female District Administrator
Friday, May 06, 2005 at 12:00:00 AM

BATON ROUGE – The first woman district administrator has been named in the Department of Transportation and Development, Secretary Johnny B. Bradberry announced today.

Connie Standige has been named to manage District 62 in the Hammond area, replacing Robert Roth, who recently retired. Standige, a civil engineer with 23 years’ experience with DOTD, most recently was Assistant District Maintenance Engineer in District 02 in the New Orleans area.

“We’re so pleased to have Connie accept this position,” said Gordon Nelson, Assistant Secretary for Operations, to whom Standige reports. “Her considerable experience in the areas over which she’ll preside and her great management skills make her unquestionably the best person for the job.”

Standige, a New Orleans native, earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU in 1982 and went to work as a construction engineer in District 04 in Shreveport. In the ensuing years, she also has handled design and maintenance duties.

District 62, one of nine in the state, includes the parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington. Standige will oversee construction, maintenance, traffic and design projects in the area and supervise a staff of 363.

Standige said the main projects under way in District 62 are construction of the crossovers for emergency evacuation contraflow in Slidell and Hammond and the raising of Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula.

“I look forward to working with officials in the area on their needs,” said Standige. “I’m pleased and excited to be appointed.

“I’m following in the steps of Mr. Roth, whom I greatly admire and respect. I hope to continue the progress he’s made in the district. And I look forward to getting to know the area, promoting progressive and innovative ideas, and continuing to provide excellent customer service.”