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Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engineer

John A. Barton, P.E.

John A. Barton, P.E., is the deputy executive director and chief engineer of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). 

As Deputy Executive Director, he is responsible for directing, managing and implementing TxDOT's policies, programs and operating strategies.  He oversees the management of the state’s transportation systems to ensure that the system is adequate, safe and constructed and maintained for the traveling public in the most cost-effective manner.

As Chief Engineer, Barton is responsible for executive management and oversight of the Bridge, Construction, Design, Maintenance, Right of Way, and Traffic Operations Divisions, the Local Government Project Office and the operations of TxDOT’s 25 districts. He also directs long- and short-range planning, including the establishment of the agency’s overall operating objectives and assessing the technical merits of programs and policies.

Barton graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986. Since joining TxDOT in 1986, he has served in many capacities ranging from Construction Project Inspector and Manager to Area Engineer, District Engineer, Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations and now Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engineer.