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J. Richard Capka

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The 16th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, serving from 2006-2008.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's J. Richard Capka page on 22 June 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

J. Richard "Rick" Capka was sworn in as the 16th Federal Highway Administrator on May 31, 2006. Previously, Capka had been appointed the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in August 2002 and was the Acting Administrator since August 2005. In those capacities, he helped to prepare the Bush administration's proposed transportation reauthorization legislation; to shape the management of highway mega-projects and; to develop national programs and initiatives to relieve congestion. He was also the first U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) official to deploy to Iraq (2003) and led the highly successful federal response to the tragic 2007 collapse of the I-35 W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, Capka served as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) where he directed the oversight of the $14.6 billion Central Artery/Tunnel project ("Big Dig") in Boston, the largest and most complex infrastructure project of its time in the United States. In that capacity, Capka worked closely with the USDOT Inspector General, the FHWA, and other state agencies to develop and gain approval for the project's complex finance plan. The budget that Capka established in May 2001 remained on target and provided a sound foundation for the project's subsequent financial management.

Prior to his position with the MTA, Capka retired as a Brigadier General in 2000 following a 29-year military career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he served in the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and the Far East. His most recent assignments before retirement included Division Engineer and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, where he was responsible for managing the Corps' activities in the southeastern U.S. and in Central and South America. He also was Commander of the South Pacific Division, where he was responsible for the Corps' activities in the far western and southwestern U.S. during which time he led the interagency efforts to restore California's vast federal flood control system that had been severely damaged following the state's unprecedented floods in 1987. That effort earned specific praise from both the President and Governor of California.

In 2008, he joined Dawson & Associates in Washington, DC as Chief Operating Officer. He advises on federal environmental policy involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a 1971 graduate of the United States Military Academy.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
5 August 2002Transportation Secretary Mineta Names Capka To Serve as FHWA Deputy AdministratorFederal Highway Administration
1 June 2006Nation's Top Highway Official Opens New I-25 HOT Express Lanes That Give Drivers A Way Out Of Congestion To Downtown DenverFHWA
19 June 2006Nation's Top Highway Official Announces $5.2 Million in New Grants for Ohio River Bridges ProjectFHWA
7 July 2006Nation's Top Highway Official Announces $2.2 Million Grant For Bridgeport High-Speed Ferry Service To LaGuardia Airport And Lower ManhattanFHWA
3 April 2007Return of Road Work Across America Calls for Careful Drivers: FHWA Administrator Capka Kicks Off 'National Work Zone Awareness Week 2007'FHWA
4 June 2007Nation's Top Highway Official Tours Bennington Bypass, Previews Planned Northern Leg That Will Relieve Congestion and Boost Region's EconomyFHWA
12 July 2007Statement from Administrator Capka on the Death of Lady Bird JohnsonFHWA
27 July 2007Nation's Top Highway Official Awards $5.3 Million to Encourage Bridge InnovationsFHWA
9 October 2007Statement of Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka on the National Traffic Signal Report Card 2007FHWA


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