LIMA — A new administrative position within the Ohio Department of Transportation is now under the leadership of Van Wert County resident Chris Hughes.
Hughes was named late last year as capital programs administrator for ODOT District 1, which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
Hughes’ position is new to ODOT. Following a change in ODOT’s departmental structure last summer, each ODOT district merged its construction and planning and engineering areas beneath one administrative umbrella, entitled capital programs. The change in structure will allow for collaborative work and fluid transition between each stage of projects.
Before taking his new role, Hughes was the project engineer over ODOT’s $113 million widening and reconstruction project on Interstate 75 through Hancock County and the city of Findlay. Robert White has filled the project engineer position and will continue to oversee the project during its second and third years.
A Lincolnview High School graduate, Hughes lives in rural Van Wert County with his wife, Tricia, and three daughters. He graduated from Ohio State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. The same year, he began work as an engineering in training in District 1’s planning department.