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VDOT Announces New District Administrator

October 05, 2004

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently announced that Dennis W. Heuer, P.E., a 30-year veteran in the engineering and project management field in both the public and private sectors, will be the new district administrator for Hampton Roads.

Mr. Heuer will oversee the construction, maintenance and operations of highway projects and facilities in VDOT’s Hampton Roads district. He will be responsible for an annual budget of about $413 million and about 1,290 state employees. He will begin work with VDOT Oct. 12.

Mr. Heuer comes to VDOT from Thompson Engineering in Mobile, Ala., where he managed the engineering, design, construction, operations and maintenance of multi-million dollar projects. Prior to joining Thompson Engineering in 1994, Mr. Heuer worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the deputy district engineer for the Mobile District. He was responsible for planning, engineering construction, project management, real estate, budgeting and environmental activities of federal projects in the southeastern U.S. Previous to his position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Heuer served the U.S. Army as an engineer and leader of engineer units.

“Following a nationwide search for a Hampton Roads district administrator, I selected Dennis for the job because he has a proven success record in leading a workforce to deliver projects safely, on time and within budget,” said VDOT Commissioner Philip A. Shucet. “He will replace Connie Sorrell, who has done an excellent job serving as interim district administrator. She set the stage for sustainable business improvements in the district.”

Ms. Sorrell will resume her post as chief of systems operations for the state. In that role, she will direct innovative approaches to ease congestion through better incident response and signal integration, traveler information systems, snow and ice control, work zone traffic controls and other systems operations improvements.

Mr. Heuer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a Masters of Science degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. He is a registered professional engineer in 13 states, including Virginia.

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