AASHTO Journal, 17 May 2013
Richard Tetreault, P.E., director of program development and chief engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, was recently appointed to serve as chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Technology Implementation Group. The appointment was made by AASHTO President Mike Lewis for a two-year term.
At VTrans, Tetreault leads the statewide highway capital improvement programs (for roadways, pavement, bridge, and highway safety) from beginning to end. Aside from chairing TIG, Tetreault also is active at AASHTO through his membership of AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highways and also the Standing Committee on Performance Management.
TIG identifies and champions the implementation and deployment of a select few proven technologies, processes, or products that it deems likely to yield major economic or qualitative benefits to its users. Similarly, TIG also supports the implementation of products from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). TIG reports to SCOH and works with the Standing Committee on Research and the Research Advisory Committee to identify any new technologies.
In other committee appointment news, AASHTO announced this week that Montana Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley will serve on AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety for a four-year term. Tooley, a former colonel and chief of the Montana Highway Patrol, began serving as MDT director in early January.
SCOHTS encourages, recommends, and supports highway safety programs to reduce highway crashes, especially those involving fatalities and serious injuries, on all highway systems, and promote national health and economic growth. The committee is also responsible for the development and continuous updating of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan. SCOHTS serves as a forum to disseminate and exchange information on any innovative measures that national organizations, states, and localities develop to improve safety among AASHTO members. The committee is currently chaired by Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon.