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VDOT Names New Local Assistance Director

August 25, 2004

Michael A. Estes, P.E., has been named director of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) Local Assistance Division. He had served as interim director since last October. The division serves as lead liaison with local government groups in administering funds to secondary and urban road projects and in providing oversight and technical support.

Mr. Estes’s chief accomplishment during the past year has been the development of a plan to transfer the responsibility for managing city and town road projects from VDOT to local governments. VDOT traditionally has managed all aspects of road projects for cities and town across the state, with a few exceptions. State legislation passed last year allows cities and towns to assume the administration and responsibilities for improving their street networks. In July, the cities of Richmond, Hampton and Virginia Beach took over the management of their local road construction projects.

Mr. Estes, a Virginia Tech graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, is a licensed professional engineer. He began his career at VDOT as a summer inspector trainee in 1993 before joining Jacobs Engineering (formerly Sverdrup Civil, Inc). He returned to VDOT in 1998 as a design project manager in the Northern Virginia District where he worked his way up to manage preliminary engineering activities in Fairfax and Arlington Counties. As Local Assistance Division director, he replaces Jim Givens, who accepted the position of Bristol District administrator.

“Michael is a capable director,” said VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet. “He understands the importance of strengthening our relationships with local and regional decision-makers as we move into a new era of expanded partnerships.”

Mr. Estes also oversees the administration of a variety of specially funded programs to aid local governments including the Airport and Industrial Access Roads programs to promote economic development, and the Enhancements and Byways and National Scenic Byways Grant Programs.

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