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Late Winter 2008 | Vol. 10 | No. 4
FHWA Administrator Resigns
FHWA Administrator Rick Capka has left that agency. He had served as head of FHWA since May of 2006. Prior to that, he served as acting administrator from August 2005 to May 2006 and as deputy administrator since 2002.
Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters praised Capka's service, saying "Under his guidance, first as my deputy and then as my successor, the agency has made significant progress in improving our nation's mobility and keeping our roadways safe." Peters noted Capka's exceptional leadership and work ethic during the Minnesota bridge collapse and Hurricane Katrina tragedies.
Prior to his appointment as deputy administrator, Capka served as CEO of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority where he directed the oversight of the $14.6 billion Big Dig project. He also served for 29 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a Brigadier General in 2000.
No successor has yet been named to fill the administrator position. FHWA spokesman Ian Grossman told the Engineering News-Record that FHWA's deputy administrator, James Ray, "would become acting administrator upon the administrator's departure."