“Richard is a highly driven, proven leader who is recognized and respected by transportation agencies and professionals throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont,” said Paul Godfrey, PE, HNTB Northern New England Office Leader.
Most notably, Tetreault was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He also spent several years in the private sector as an Office Leader for a New Hampshire consulting firm and Transportation Department Manager for a Vermont consulting firm.
Tetreault’s skillset is a culmination of nearly 40 years in the industry. He excels in program and project delivery, engineering, operations, budgeting, and federal and state partnerships. Among his career accomplishments, Tetreault was a catalyst for Vermont’s shift from new capacity investments to system preservation that led to statewide bridge and pavement improvements.
He also has a reputation for being the go-to person when emergencies arise, having spearheaded the successful implementation of Vermont’s Incident Command System that facilitated Hurricane Irene’s response and recovery efforts in 2011 and went on special assignment to Colorado during the state’s 2012 flood recovery efforts.
Tetreault initiated the development of Tri-State Performance Measures, an annual comparative report compiled by Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine that has become a nationally recognized model. He introduced his state to innovative contracting methods, such as maintenance rental agreements and design-build delivery. He was a long-standing, active member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, which honored him with the Thomas H. McDonald Award in 2015 for outstanding highway administration, engineering, and research achievements.
Tetreault holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Vermont and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. He also owns and operates a third-generation family farm and is the Town Moderator of Newport, Vermont.