California High Speed Rail hires SR 99 head

8 February 2018

USA - California governor Jerry Brown named Joseph Hedges of Seattle, Washington, of the SR 99 tunnel project, chief operating officer at the California High-Speed Rail Authority on January 19.

Hedges was program administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at the Washington State Department of Transportation from 2016 to 2018. Brown said Hedges has more than 35 years of experience in construction, engineering and project management in both the private and public sector, including as executive vice president and director of operations at the Coastal Environmental Group from 2012 to 2016 and as vice president, chief engineer and director of design at Pro2Serve from 2008 to 2012.

Since retiring as captain from the U.S. Navy, Corps of Civil Engineers, where he served in several positions from 1984 to 2008, Hedges has worked extensively on complex facility and transportation design and construction projects.

The governor's office said this position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is USD 337,008. It added, Hedges is a Democrat.