IDOT Appoints Veteran Engineer to Lead Highway Region 2
Covering Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Acting Secretary
Milt Sees today appointed George F. Ryan, a 28-year veteran of the Department,
to serve as Deputy Director of Highways and Region 2 Engineer in charge of two
Highway Districts in northern Illinois that stretch from Indiana to the
Ryan, who was the chief IDOT engineer on the recently completed Upgrade 74
project in Peoria, will supervise IDOT’s Highway District activities in the 10
counties of District 2, headquartered in Dixon, and the nine counties of
District 3, based in Ottawa. The area is responsible for 530 miles of Interstate
highways and 3,265 miles of primary routes. The Highway Districts are
responsible for planning, construction and maintenance of IDOT roadways under
“George Ryan is an engineer who has worked his way up from an entry level
trainee position at IDOT to his most recent assignment, which involved
supervising one of the most complex reconstruction projects the state has seen,”
said Acting Secretary Sees. “I am confident that his broad experience as a
planner and builder of roads and as an expert on work zone safety will be a
tremendous asset to all the people that IDOT serves in Highway Region 2.”
Ryan replaces Gregory Mounts, who left the Department last year to enter the
Until the promotion announced today, Ryan had been serving as Project
Implementation Engineer for IDOT’s Region 3/District 4, based in Peoria. He
oversaw the four-year, half-billion dollar reconstruction of I-74 through Peoria
and East Peoria, including the public outreach component. Ryan was instrumental
in the media and community outreach strategy, including coordination with local
businesses, governments and the motoring public.
In recognition of the support that Upgrade 74 garnered in the community, Ryan
and the Department have received nearly 30 local and national awards for the
public information campaign.
Prior to his role as Project Implementation Engineer, Ryan served as
Construction Engineer overseeing highway construction for the nine-county area
of District Four. He has been involved in statewide training of Department
personnel and contractors in bridge deck construction and work zone safety. He
is listed as a resource for "Best Practices and Innovative Technology" in the
area of construction work zone safety measures in the U.S. Department of
Transportation web site. He has also given presentations at two national
workshops on the subject.
During his tenure with the Department, Ryan has served as the Studies and
Plans Engineer and supervised the production of all engineering studies and
designs of roadway projects within District Four. The major engineering studies
he has worked on include Upgrade 74, the reconstruction of I-74, and U.S. 67
between Monmouth and Macomb.
Ryan, originally from Mossville, Ill., is married and the father of two and
grandfather of four. He joined IDOT in June of 1978 as a Technician Trainee. In
1980, he returned to school to pursue an engineering degree. He graduated from
Bradley University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Highway District 2 includes: Jo Davies, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone,
Carroll, Ogle, Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry and Lee counties.
Highway District 3 includes: De Kalb, Bureau, La Salle, Kendall, Grundy,
Kankakee, Livingston, Ford and Iroquois counties.