MoDOT Director Nichols Retiring in May

AASHTO Journal, 6 February 2015

Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said he will retire from MoDOT as of May 1 after 30 years with the department.

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Nichols announced his plans Feb. 5, and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is starting the the process to replace him.

He became MoDOT director in April 2013, after two years as its chief engineer.

His various position there included 11 years as the agency’s first director of program delivery. He also had been  district engineer for the department’s Northwest District based in St. Joseph, and worked in MoDOT’s Kansas City District.

“The commission is grateful for Dave’s long career of dedicated, results-oriented service to MoDOT,” said Chair Stephen Miller. “He exemplifies exactly what it means to be a public servant, having spent the last 30 years of his life doing great work for the citizens of Missouri.”

Nichols made his announcement the same week the commission adopted a plan MoDOT presented to sharply cut back its road and bridge work due to a lack of state funding. Nichols has also said the state could have too little highway funding available next year to meet its matching fund requirement for federal dollars.

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