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Don Hunt named new executive director of Colorado DOT

Governor-elect, John Hickenlooper, has announced that Don Hunt will become the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will replace Russell George as CDOT’s chief. Hunt is currently the president of Denver-based consultancy, Antero, where he specializes in project development and management. As an Antero consultant to Denver, Hunt was appointed by Hickenlooper to work as Denver Bond Implementation Manager and oversaw the US$550 million infrastructure program. He has served as chairman of the transportation subcommittee of Denver’s infrastructure priorities task force. At CDOT, he will be responsible for about 3,000 employees, a 14,500km (9,000 mile) highway system and 3,400 bridges.

Hunt was previously president and CEO of BRW Inc, a national transportation and urban development consulting company. Among the projects he has led or been involved in are the Washington, DC, 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. He has two degrees from the University of Minnesota, one in environmental design and another in landscape architecture and also a degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.

One challenge for Hunt will be to help develop new funding sources for transportation in Colorado, as some traditional sources – including state and federal fuel taxes – become less reliable. Hunt said he expects CDOT will continue to look at alternatives such as tolling and other options involving public-private partnerships to help generate new dollars for transportation, especially when there appears to be little public appetite for paying additional taxes and fees. “Transportation is one of the big engines powering economic activity in Colorado,” he said. “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.” Hunt added that he expects to start at CDOT in mid-February.
 

January 14, 2011

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