Gov. Whitmer Announces Director at Michigan Department of Transportation

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Brad Wieferich will lead the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as its new director.

Brad Wieferich, Director of MDOT

“Brad is a smart, dedicated leader that has helped keep Michigan roads safe for nearly three decades,” said Governor Whitmer. “With his expertise, I know that Michigan will continue fixing and upgrading Michigan’s roads with the right mix and materials, so they stay fixed. I’m excited to continue working alongside Brad to care for the roads and bridges that Michiganders rely on every day.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue leading the Michigan Department of Transportation in creating a safe and resilient transportation system for everyone,” said incoming MDOT Director, Brad Wieferich. “MDOT has an exceptional team that works to maintain and improve our roads and bridges and to administer rail, transit and aviation programs and I look forward to continuing our work as a progressive and innovative agency that serves Michigan’s communities.”

Brad Wieferich will move from acting director of the Michigan Department of Transportation to director of the department. He previously worked as the chief operations officer of MDOT, overseeing the departments seven regions, the Bureau of Development, the Bureau of Field Services, and the Bureau of Bridges and Structures. He has served the department for 27 years in several capacities, holding the positions of director for the Bureau of Development, engineer of design, and was the manager of the Marshall Transportation Service Center. He has worked in three different MDOT regions and as a road design engineer in the central office. Prior to joining MDOT, Wieferich was employed for three years as a field engineer by a consulting firm in the greater Chicago area. A registered professional engineer, Wieferich earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.

Wieferich has played a vital role in the advancement of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the governor’s Rebuilding Michigan Program, and the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for Michigan’s nearly 10,000-mile state highway system, comprised of all M, I, and US-routes. It is the backbone of Michigan’s 120,000-mile highway, road and street network. Additionally, MDOT administers state and federal transportation programs for aviation, intercity passenger services, rail freight, and local public transit services.