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New Leadership Named at State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority

HANOVER, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation announces new transportation leadership for the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority. Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld announces William Pines PE, PMP, CCM, will serve as the Administrator for the State Highway Administration after serving 11 years at the Maryland Transportation Authority, most recently as the Executive Director. Stepping into the role of Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director is Joseph “Joey" Sagal. Sagal most recently served as the Authority's Chief Operating Officer.

Both Pines and Sagal will begin serving in their new roles, effective immediately. Pines oversees the State Highway Administration which operates, maintains, and rebuilds the numbered, non-toll routes in Maryland's 23 counties with more than 17,000 lane-miles and 2,500 bridges. As head of the Maryland Transportation Authority, Sagal leads an 1,800-employee agency that operates and maintains the state's eight toll facilities and the DriveEzMD Maryland system.

In his new role as the State Highway Administrator, Pines will be returning to where he started his career as a Transportation Design Engineer in 2004. At the Authority, he served in several leadership roles for the Division of Operations and Office of Engineering and Construction, including Inspection Program Manager, Bridge and Tunnel Manager, Deputy Director of Engineering, and Director of Project Development. He has managed several MDTA projects, including the $463 million Governor Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas “Mac" Middleton Bridge Replacement project, the $1.1 billion I-95 Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension Program, and the $189 million I-895 Bridge Project.  

Sagal has served with the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for 25 years. Prior to his service as the Authority's Chief Operating Officer, he served in many operational leadership roles at the State Highway Administration, with his most recent role as the Deputy Administrator Chief Engineer for Operations, leading SHA's Hanover Complex Offices of: Asset Management, Construction, Homeland Security & Safety, Maintenance, Materials Technology, Traffic & Safety, and Transportation Mobility & Operations.

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