The Bush administration announced plans to nominate Rick Capka to serve as the next administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Capka has been acting FHWA administrator since Mary Peters stepped down from the position last year. He was appointed deputy administrator of the FHWA in August 2002.
Prior to joining FHWA, Capka was chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority overseeing much of the construction of Boston's "Big Dig" Central Artery/Tunnel project.
Capka is a retired U.S. Army brigadier general who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 29 years. He is a graduate of West Point and has a master’s degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkley and business administration from the Chaminade University in Hawaii. Capka has been a featured speaker at AGC Highway and Transportation Division meetings.