Michael W. Alford, P.E., is the district engineer for TxDOT's Houston District.
He is responsible for managing all district operations and an annual budget in excess of $1 billion. He oversees TxDOT operations in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties.
The Houston District has the largest population, number of registered vehicles and vehicle miles traveled. It includes 24-hour automobile ferry service between Galveston Island and Port Bolivar and has the largest roadway maintenance budget in the state. It oversees the Green Ribbon Project, an innovative landscaping enhancement program, and Houston TranStar, the largest freeway traffic management systems in the United States.
A 29-year TxDOT veteran, Alford has spent his entire career in the Houston District. He started as a summer employee in 1979 and joined TxDOT full time in 1982. Prior to his appointment as deputy district engineer in February 2009, he was director of maintenance, where he was responsible for maintenance contracting, operations, Galveston/Port Bolivar Ferry Operations, facilities maintenance, equipment, emergency management and other duties.
Alford earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982 and became a licensed professional engineer in 1986. He and his wife, Terri, live in West Houston.