The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Wednesday announced the resignation of Pete Rahn as director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Rahn’s resignation will be effective April 23.


The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Wednesday announced the resignation of Pete Rahn as director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Rahn’s resignation will be effective April 23.
“I’m sad to see Pete go because he’s been very good for Missouri and transportation,” said Paula Gough, district engineer for MoDOT’s Northeast District. “But he has assembled a great team at MoDOT both in Northeast Missouri and all across the state. There’s good momentum and we’re going to continue on dealing with the challenges we face in transportation that are facing Missouri as well as the nation.”
The commission will name an interim director and undertake a national search for Rahn’s replacement. Until a successor is named, it will be business as usual in the Northeast District, according to Gough.
“Pete presented our new five-year direction to our highway commission a couple weeks ago at the commission meeting. That really does set the direction for the next five years, to keep our roads in good shape, improve our minor road system and deal with the funding cliff that we have been talking about. Unfortunately we are now right in the midst of dealing with that funding cliff.”
Rahn, who has served as MoDOT’s director since September 2004, will be assuming a position of senior vice president with HNTB, a Kansas City-based engineering firm. He will lead HNTB’s national transportation practice.