|Laurel McKean, Southwest District Assistant District Engineer.
Laurel McKean, a 19-year MoDOT veteran, has been named the Southwest District’s new Assistant District Engineer.
McKean will manage Operations, overseeing Maintenance, Traffic, General Services and Risk Management.
She also will be the face of MoDOT, working with local, state and federal lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public in Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Lawrence counties. In addition, she will work with MoDOT’s adjoining state departments of transportation including northwest Arkansas, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.
McKean, who grew up in Springfield, began her MoDOT career in 1996 as a construction inspector at the Branson Project Office, overseeing highway construction projects including the construction of the Branson Maintenance and Project Office complex on the north side of Branson.
She served as a senior traffic studies specialist and a traffic operations engineer in the former District 8 in Springfield. One of her main duties was co-manager of the Traffic Management Center of the Ozarks which MoDOT operates in partnership with the city of Springfield to coordinate traffic signals in the Springfield metro area.
McKean has also served as a project manager, working out of MoDOT’s District Office in Macon. Her most recent MoDOT position was District Traffic Engineer in the Kansas City District.
McKean has an extensive background in traffic management, highway construction and highway design and is a licensed professional engineer.
She is a 1996 graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, earning a degree in civil engineering.
McKean replaces long-time Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury who retired April 1 after a 37-year career with MoDOT.