Better Roads, 14 August 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has named Mark Van Port Fleet as the department’s new deputy director and chief operations officer. He brings to the position more than 35 of years of experience with MDOT, most recently as deputy chief engineer/director of the Bureau of Development.
Van Port Fleet is described as a “very active” member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He has served as chairman of several technical committees for the association and is presently on AASHTO’s Technical Implementation Group and Standing Committee on Performance Management.
“Mark is the right choice for this important post because of the immense respect he enjoys both inside the department and with our industry partners,” State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said. “He has embraced innovations in design and development and will continue MDOT’s focus on remaining a national leader, even with unprecedented funding challenges.”
His involvement in implementing transportation programs is extensive, including work on Michigan’s Context Sensitive Solutions, MDOT’s local bridge program, and in transitioning the department into pushing the majority of its construction lettings into the first two quarters of the fiscal year. He also is a licensed professional engineer in both Michigan and Florida.
Van Port Fleet replaces Gregory C. Johnson, who is moving on as state highway administrator for the Maryland Department of Transportation.