graduate Chris Hughes appointed to ODOT leadership position
LIMA, Ohio (Friday, Feb. 2, 2018) A new
administrative area within the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) is now under the leadership of Chris Hughes of Van Wert
Hughes was named capital programs administrator for ODOT
District 1 late last year. District 1 includes the counties of Allen,
Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
Hughes’ position is new to ODOT. Following a change in
ODOT’s departmental structure last summer, each ODOT district merged
its construction and planning and engineering areas beneath one
administrative umbrella, entitled capital programs. The change in
structure will allow for collaborative work and fluid transition
between each stage of projects.
“The new organization in capital programs allows our
engineers in planning, design and construction to work better as one
team. They will be able to oversee project development from beginning
to end together, rather than work as individual units on each section
of development and construction,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1
deputy director. “Chris’ experience in both planning and construction
makes him a perfect candidate to lead such a dynamic and encompassing
Beneath Hughes, three veteran ODOT employees will oversee
individual areas within capital programs: Adam Francis, Versailles, in
planning; Eric Scheckelhoff, Elida, in design; and Scott Mullins,
Ada, in construction.
In 2007, Hughes moved to construction and worked in that
department until his shift to the administrative position last year.
During that time, he worked on District 1’s portion of the Fort to Port
projects, which realigned and expanded U.S. 24 between Fort Wayne,
Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, and headed the eConstruction effort in
District 1. That initiative replaced much of the paper-based work in
construction processes with electronic means.
Before taking his new role, Hughes was the project
engineer over ODOT’s $113 million widening and reconstruction project
on Interstate 75 through Hancock County and the city of Findlay. Robert
White has filled the project engineer position and will continue to
oversee the project during its second and third years.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions
required by applicable federal environmental laws for these projects
are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327
and a memorandum of understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed
by FHWA and ODOT.