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Florida Man Elected American Road & Transportation Builders Association Chairman


WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Eugene R. McCormick, senior vice president and chairman of the board of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, has been elected 2005-06 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chairman. McCormick’s election was announced during the association’s annual meeting, held Sept. 12 through 16 in Palm Beach, Fla.

McCormick, a registered professional engineer, has more than 40 years of varied transportation experience, encompassing planning, design, construction and operations in both the public and private sectors. He has been Parsons Brinckerhoff’s (PB) principal-in- charge or project manager on highway, bridge and airport projects in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Oklahoma and Argentina.

Most recently, he spent six years successfully managing all aspects of the design and construction activities relating to the new multi-agency 12-lane Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the Washington, D.C. area -- currently the second largest transportation improvement project in the nation. The 7.5-mile undertaking involves reconstruction of four adjacent interchanges; provisions for high occupancy vehicle or rail transit systems; maintenance of traffic; community relations and involvement; environmental assessments and permitting; intelligent transportation system technology; congestion management; value engineering; financial planning and project controls for budget and schedule. The first span of the bridge is scheduled to open in spring 2006. The $2.4 billion project is on schedule and under budget.

Prior to joining PB, McCormick had a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Federal Highway deputy administrator from 1989 to 1993. He spearheaded development of the Bush Administration’s highway/transit reauthorization legislation -— known as the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) -— which was signed into law in December 1991. It provided record levels of federal transportation investment at the time.

McCormick also spent 25 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation, serving as deputy transportation secretary and director of the office of planning and programming. During these years, he was active in the ARTBA Transportation Officials Division and served on the ARTBA Board of Directors.

His ARTBA leadership positions include: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, northeastern region vice chairman, chairman of the Highway Advisory Council and co-chair of the ARTBA-AASHTO-AGC Joint Committee. McCormick frequently testifies before Congress on transportation policy, authorization or appropriation matters. He also was co-chairman of the ARTBA “TEA-21 Task Force,” which developed the association’s legislative blueprint for the surface transportation reauthorization bill. The 2005 highway/transit law, signed by President Bush Aug. 10, contains many of the policy provisions championed by the ARTBA task force.

McCormick has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and has a B.S. in civil engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.

His further advanced studies include: “Program for Senior Managers in Government” at Harvard University (1992); Transportation Executive Institute at the University of Virginia (1986); and “Professional Program in Urban Transportation” at Carnegie- Mellon University (1977).

He and his wife, Charlotte, reside in Naples, Fla.

Established in 1902, ARTBA is the consensus voice of the U.S. transportation improvement industry in the Nation’s Capital.


Editors Note: A photo of McCormick can be obtained by contacting Carrie Halpern at or by calling 202-289-4434.


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