New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he has appointed infrastructure consultant and former Chicago public works commissioner
Paul Karas to be commissioner of the state Department of Transportation.
In the same personnel announcement, Cuomo also said he appointed Cathy Calhoun, who had been acting NYSDOT commissioner since August, to serve as director of state operations.
The governor said that Karas most recently worked for four years as vice president and manager of RS&H Inc., a transportation and buildings infrastructure consulting firm, where he was in its aviation practice. Before that, the announcement said, he was president and founder of Karas Associates, an infrastructure development consultancy.
"Karas has extensive experience working at the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey," the governor's announcement said, "where he served as director of the $3.2 billion John F. Kennedy International Airport Redevelopment Program, and he previously served as the commissioner of public works for the city of Chicago for three years."
It also said that in 1997, the U.S. House of Representatives appointed Karas to an advisory panel to help develop solutions to funding and operating concerns about Amtrak.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has been dealing with a number of recent repairs in the wake of heavy Ohio River flooding last month and other storm effects that left behind collapsed pavements, landslides and toppled boulders.
March 16, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said March 14 it was closing the Bath Street East Bridge in Providence by the end of that day, after a bridge inspection "found deterioration to such a degree that the bridge must be immediately closed to all traffic."
The Washington State Department of Transportation is preparing to launch a preservation project to give longer life to a steel truss bridge on State Route 409 that was built in 1938 and now suffers paint flaking and deterioration to the timber bridge deck beneath the roadway pavement.