I-15 leader resigns

News UDOT May 21, 2001
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Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Thomas R

Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Thomas R. Warne has announced his resignation, effective June 26. Warne said he is leaving UDOT to do independent consulting work. Specifically, his work will be on large infrastructure projects and the management of both public and private organizations.

Warne's resignation comes on the heels of the opening of all mainline lanes on UDOT's four-year, $1.59 billion I-15 reconstruction project. Under Warne's direction, UDOT successfully managed the largest design-build freeway project in U.S. transportation history. U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta hailed the project as "an ideal example of how we can develop creative solutions to help finish more transportation projects earlier and at a lower cost."

During his tenure at UDOT, Warne also served as president of the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions at the state and national level, and has authored the book "Partnering for Success."

"The past six years at UDOT have been extraordinarily challenging and fulfilling," said Warne. "With I-15 reconstruction virtually completed, and other projects coming along nicely, the time seems right for me to make this move. I leave knowing that UDOT is the capable hands of the strongest leadership team I've worked with. I have no doubt the department will continue moving in positive directions well into the future."

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