The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael W. Alford, P.E., as the new Houston District Engineer, (DE) effective November 1, 2011. In his new role, Alford will oversee the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the state’s transportation system in the six-county Houston District. Alford has served as Houston’s Interim District Engineer since September 2011.
Alford brings almost 30 years of TxDOT experience to his new position as the Houston District’s highest ranking official. He began his career with TxDOT in the summer of 1979, while still attending college. After graduating, he became a full-time employee in 1982 and has ascended through the ranks within the agency formally serving as an Assistant Resident Engineer, Area Engineer, Director of Maintenance and Deputy District Engineer to name just a few.
Since 2009, Alford has served as the Houston District’s second in command, as the Deputy District Engineer, where he was critical in assisting with the management, engineering and oversight of the department’s activities within the six county area.
The Houston District is the state’s largest of 25 districts by population and lane miles. With a population of approximately 5.5 million people and growing, there are 4.5 million registered vehicles in the area, traveling over 128 million miles per day. The Houston District maintains and operates over 10,000 lanes miles, approximately 5500 bridge structures and the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry system which takes travelers on SH 87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.
Alford and his wife, Terri, reside in West Houston and they have one son, Andy, who is married to his wife Melissa. Alford serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Highway Credit Union and the Texas Pavement Preservation Center. He is also an active member of his church. In his spare time, Mike enjoys fishing and hunting.