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Tennessee DOT Announces Chief Engineer Transition

NASHVILLE, TN — Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner Butch Eley has named Will Reid as its Chief Engineer and Deputy Commissioner.

Chief Engineer Paul Degges will serve as the Chief Policy Advisor, focusing on legislation and federal affairs. Degges' career at TDOT began in 1986 as an engineering student at Tennessee Technological University. He became Chief Engineer in 2004 and since then has overseen over 8,000 project contracts totaling $18 billion.

Reid is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in project management, transportation design, bridge design and evaluation, and roadway construction. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Reid joined TDOT in 2014 as Director of Construction and has served in various leadership roles at TDOT. Prior to TDOT, Reid was employed as a consultant in private industry for over 15 years.

“Will Reid is an innovative and forward-thinking engineer whose abilities and vision for TDOT will ensure that we take the necessary steps to move people, goods, and services seamlessly across Tennessee as we accommodate our unprecedented growth,” Eley said. “The job of Chief Engineer is a critical component of our economic growth, and I have full confidence in Will’s readiness for the job.”

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