Federal Highway Administration administrator Peters steps down

| 7/14/2005

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 otherwise.”

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.