(Caltrans press release – It is unknown at this time who will replace Hallenbeck. Officials are waiting for appointment of an acting District 9 Director.)
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce the promotion of Tom Hallenbeck, District 9 Director. Tom has accepted the position of Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento, Ca. effective October 1, 2014.
Tom started with Caltrans right after graduating from Union College with a Civil Engineering degree. He began his career in the Office of Structures, Design & Construction working on bridge projects throughout the state. In 1997 he accepted the position of District 9 Director in Bishop, CA.
About his time as District 9 Director in Bishop, Tom stated, “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the people of the Eastern Sierra for the last 17 years. I am excited about taking on new challenges but also sad to leave the Bishop community that we have been a part of and raised our family in. I look back on many accomplishments but look forward to the innovations and applications that will change the way we drive.”
Tom also stated that during his tenure in District 9, “We have responded to floods, fires and avalanches. We have rehabilitated every rest area and almost every “Main Street” in the district and left them more accessible and more complete. We have expanded and improved the US 395/SR 14 corridor, and by so doing, saved countless lives. It has been a privilege to be a part of helping improve and maintain the El Camino Sierra and all of the roads in District 9.
In his new position as the Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations, Tom will perform technical activities in support of the program and local agencies, respond to incidents on State highways, provide traffic design and support for project delivery, and integrate new technology and innovations into our system that will change the way we travel on our highways.