After Pete Rahn, former MoDOT director, announced his resignation to move on to greener pastures, Kevin Keith (at right, click to see his MoDOT bio) was appointed as interim director. He says it’s fortunate the department’s 5-year-plan was handed to the commission prior to Rahn’s departure … now his job is to stay the course and keep to that plan.
But though he’s prepared to implement the five-year plan, but he’s not happy with it since a lack of funding prevents any new projects from beginning. He says there’s barely enough funding to maintain the roads and bridges already in place.
Keith has been with MoDOT for 25 years, nine as Chief Engineer. Since he’s worked alongside Rahn the past five years, he says it’s been a smooth transition filling Rahn’s post. (Keith was the interim director before Rahn came aboard, as well.)
Keith says he hasn’t decided yet if he’ll try for a permanent director’s position. He says the Highway Commission plans to put someone in place at the end of the year, so he’s got time to think it over.