After nearly four years as the nation’s top
highway official, Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters is stepping down
to return home to be with family in Phoenix, AZ.
Peters informed U.S. Transportation Secretary
Norman Y. Mineta Wednesday night, July 13, and shared the news with her senior
staff this morning.
“Mary has left a lasting impression on the
history of surface transportation,” Mineta said. “She has made us all think
about the future of surface transportation in ways we might not have
During her FHWA tenure, Peters led a national
campaign to improve safety in highway work zones and worked to streamline the
decision-making process for major transportation projects.
Peters was director of the Arizona Department
of Transportation when nominated by President Bush four years ago. She was
sworn in as the 15th Federal Highway Administrator on Oct. 2, 2001.
FHWA Deputy Administrator Rick Capka will
serve as Acting Administrator when Peters departs at the end of July.