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Hickenlooper Welcomes Nomination of Shailen Bhatt as FHWA Administrator

Jul 22, 2022

Bhatt led CDOT during Hickenlooper’s second term as Governor

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper today welcomed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Shailen Bhatt for Administrator of the Federal Transportation Administration (FHWA). Bhatt’s nomination will require Senate confirmation.

“Shailen Bhatt is a remarkable person. He helped modernize Colorado’s transportation infrastructure and improve public safety. His experience in multiple states will help ensure successful implementation of our Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill nationwide,” said Hickenlooper.

The FHWA supports state and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the nation’s highway system. As FHWA Administrator, Bhatt will help implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic investments in roads and bridges nationwide. 

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Bhatt has held senior roles at the Delaware Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is currently Senior Vice President of Global Transportation Innovation and Alternative Delivery at AECOM, a multinational infrastructure consulting firm.

Bhatt chairs an external advisory board for the United States Department of Energy, is a member of the Aurora Safety Advisory Board for autonomous driving, and is the Chair of the ITS World Congress Board of Directors. He graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Economics.


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