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Dec. 28, 2010



VDOT NAMES NEW BRISTOL DISTICT ADMINISTRATOR
Michael A. Russell Brings 10 Years of VDOT Experience and 22 Years of Engineering Expertise to Executive Team

BRISTOL — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has selected Michael A. Russell, P.E. as its new District Administrator for its 12-county Bristol District.

Russell, a 1989 graduate of Virginia Tech and a licensed professional engineer since 1994, currently serves as assistant district administrator for planning, investment management and preliminary engineering in VDOT’s Salem District.

“Southwestern Virginia is an area with its own unique needs — from maintaining rural roads traversing the mountainous coalfields, to building new highways that will spur economic development, and the need to coordinate interstate traffic with the three neighboring states that border the Bristol District,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “We have found a leader in Mike with the project management experience to ensure accountability for our construction program while having the expertise of more than 10 years at VDOT to manage our complex maintenance and operations needs in the region.”

Prior to his selection as district administrator, Russell also served as VDOT’s Location and Design engineer for the Salem District, Wytheville resident engineer and was an associate vice president of transportation with an engineering consulting firm in Blacksburg. 

He brings more than 22 years of professional engineering experience to his new role.

The Lee County native was also the charter president for the Blue Ridge Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.
 

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