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Sorel Named to Head NDDOT

Jul 7, 2017

Tom Sorel Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Thomas Sorel, a former Minnesota DOT commissioner, to lead the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) starting Aug. 7.

Sorel served as Minnesota’s transportation commissioner from 2008-2012. Prior to that, he had a 30-year career with USDOT's Federal Highway Administration. Sorel served as administrator of the St. Paul Division from 2005 to 2008 and received a presidential honor for his leadership related to the I-35W bridge collapse. He is currently chief operating officer of the Minnesota Trucking Association.

“Tom Sorel has the leadership skills, strategic planning experience and innovative problem-solving skills we need to excel in a 21st-century transportation environment,” Burgum said. “His leadership will ensure NDDOT continues to deliver safe, modern services and smart, efficient infrastructure."

Sorel succeeds former NDDOT Director Grant Levi, who retired in May after more than 37 years with the department. The NDDOT has more than 1,000 employees, a two-year budget of $1.2 billion and a $465 million construction program for this season.

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