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Native named No. 2 in state DOT
Todd Long is director of planning statewide
Todd Long
Todd Long
Hinesville native Todd Long has been appointing director of planning for the Georgia Department of Transportation by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Perdue’s office announced hiring the Bradwell Institute graduate last week when he also appointed state Rep. Vance Smith as DOT commissioner.
The appointments are steps toward reorganization of the department that oversees highways and public transportation in the state. The reorganization was authorized by the General Assembly earlier this year in reaction to what many lawmakers said was a dysfunctional department that had lost control of its budget and the board that oversaw it.
The director of planning is considered the No. 2 position in the new department, but is responsible for developing all statewide transportation plans and designs.
“Todd’s qualifications and knowledge of the DOT planning process make him the perfect candidate to take on this new role,” Perdue said. “I think all Georgians want a statewide transportation plan based on our needs that provides value for our tax dollars, and we are taking a big step in that direction today.”
Since August, Long has served as the director of all engineering, information technology and business-related projects for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, which was abolished by the reorganization. Before that, he spent 18 years in various positions at the DOT, including serving as division director for the both the pre-construction and administration divisions. He spent seven years at the District One office in Gainesville, rising to district engineer, managing all DOT activities in Northeast Georgia. He is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional traffic operations engineer.
Long has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering-transportation, both from Georgia Tech. He now lives in Lilburn with his wife, Kelli, and four children, Drew, Evan, Jack and Rachel.
He said he maintains strong ties to Liberty County through his family. Long’s parents, John and Charlotte Long, recently moved to the Augusta area after nearly 50 years in the Liberty County region. His brother, Trent, is also an engineer and owns TR Long Engineering in Hinesville. Trent Long and his wife, Sharon, along with their daughter, Kaitlyn, still live here.
“Hinesville is my hometown and I am proud to now be working statewide, including Southeast Georgia, to enhance Georgia’s transportation system,” Todd Long said. “I thank all those in Hinesville who have provided me encouragement and support.”
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