ConnDOT: Commissioner Marie Announces Organizational Changes

 
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FOR RELEASE:November 14 , 2008
 
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            Building on organizational changes already in place, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph F. Marie announced today a key new enhancement to Department operations – the splitting in two of the agency’s Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations.

 

          In addition, as part of his commitment to agency openness and transparency, Commissioner Marie said the Department will soon make project updates available online.

 

The new agency offices will be the Bureau of Highway Operations and the Bureau of Engineering and Construction. Commissioner Marie said the bureaus will be headed by internal administrators for the time being, and that broader searches may be conducted in the future.

 

The focus, he said, must be on the “timely design and completion” of DOT construction projects.

         

          Since joining the DOT as Commissioner in July, Commissioner Marie has made a number of enhancements in the Department’s administrative structure, including the naming of a new Deputy Commissioner, Jeffrey A. Parker, who will oversee the newly created Engineering and Construction bureau as well as the Bureau of Public Transportation.

 

“While I have found that the DOT performs many of its core functions effectively, we have not always met expectations in the area of project delivery,” Marie said in announcing the split.

 

The reorganization is meant to place more emphasis on the timely delivery of the DOT's construction efforts, the Commissioner said, adding, “We want to raise the level of focus in the areas of design, engineering and project management to ensure that we can more effectively estimate and control costs, as well as build and deliver the critical infrastructure which is vital to the economic well being of the state.”

 

As part its ongoing effort to more effectively communicate its efforts, the DOT will also make project updates available online in 2009.

 

“We are preparing a departmental wide performance report which will include updates on several key projects as well as an analysis of overall system performance in our effort to communicate openly to the citizens of Connecticut and all of our stakeholders,” the Commissioner said.

 

The DOT performance report will be unveiled in late December and the project updates will be available online on the DOT’s website by mid-2009.