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Chief Planning and Project Officer

Russell Zapalac

Russell Zapalac serves as the chief planning and project officer.

His duties include oversight of TxDOT planning, environmental, rail, transit and maritime activities, as well as leading TxDOT’s $27 billion alternate delivery and public-private partnership program.

Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Zapalac has always worked with large highway, rail and transit projects. He served as senior vice president and director of transportation for HDR, where he managed the 17-state central region and led 500 professionals. He served as the program manager for TxDOT’s SH 130: Segments 1-4 project. He also worked for the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, Calif. as the director of Design and Construction where he oversaw a 67-mile, $5 billion tollway program created with design-build contracts.

Zapalac is on the board of directors for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, serves on the Transportation Transformation Group’s Executive Committee and is the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s 2014 public sector entrepreneur of the year.

Contact Zapalac at (512) 305-9516 or by email.