Governor Hickenlooper appoints new executive director for CDOT |

Governor Hickenlooper appoints new executive director for CDOT

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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It’s official. CDOT has a new director. Newly elected Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Jan. 7 that he would be appointing Don Hunt as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Hickenlooper said in a statement, “Donald Hunt has the depth and breadth of experience to tackle the wide variety of transportation issues facing Colorado. Don is one of the country’s finest transportation thinkers, and he knows how to bring projects in on time and under budget.”Don Hunt, who holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University, has spent the past 25 years working with BRW Inc., a national transportation and urban development consulting firm, where he was the principal for transportation and urban projects. For the past 11 years, Hunt has been the president and chief executive of BRW Inc., a national transportation and urban development consulting company, and has led or been involved in following projects: the Washington, D.C., Memorial Core Transportation Study; the White House Comprehensive Design Plan; the Salt Lake City Light Rail Transit System; Denver Union Terminal Intermodal Study; 15th Street/Central Platte Valley Design; Pike’s Peak Highway Plan; the Auraria Parkway Design; and the C-470 Land Use Impact Study.Hunt is currently president of Denver-based Antero Co., where he specializes in project development and management. While at Antero, Hunt was appointed by Denver’s then-mayor Hickenlooper to work as Denver bond implementation manager and oversaw the $550 million infrastructure program. Hunt also served as chairman of the transportation subcommittee of Denver’s infrastructure priorities task force, chair of the Children’s Museum in Denver and chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, in addition to many leadership positions with community and governmental organizations. As executive director of CDOT, Hunt will earn about $150,000; oversee about 3,300 employees; and be responsible for a 9,144-mile highway system and about 3,429 bridges across the state. Hunt will also oversee a variety of divisions within the department including the Division of Aeronautics, Division of Transit and Rail and the Office of Transportation Safety and manage an annual budget of approximately $1 billion. Hunt is expected to start at CDOT in mid-February, replacing Russell George, who was appointed in 2007 by outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter. One of the many challenges Hunt will be faced with will be to explore a variety of new revenue funding sources for transportation in Colorado. He expects CDOT will continue to look at alternatives funding sources such as tolling and other options involving public-private partnerships. This is mainly due to the reduced reliability of some traditional sources, including state and federal fuel taxes. In a public statement, Hunt stated, “Transportation is one of the big engines powering economic activity in Colorado. It’s always important for all of us to work smart and be the best at what we do. In these economic times it’s even more important for us to be efficient. I want that for myself and for the Department of Transportation. I look forward to helping to solve the transportation challenges facing Colorado.”Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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