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February 2018 Webinar: US 290 Highway Program
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Learn how TxDOT and the Program Management Consultant team have been able to progress and stay on public messaging through several changes in funding as well as design.

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:00 PM
Where: Your Computer, Phone, Tablet, etc.
United States
Contact: Mike Sosa
(512) 910-2202

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This webinar will be presented by the Texas Transportation & Development Institute.




The US 290 Program, an FHWA Major Project with a total Program cost of $2.4 Billion, includes the reconstruction of 38 miles of US 290 from the IH 610/IH 10/US 290 interchange to FM 2920. During program development of this heavily congested and densely populated corridor in northwest Houston, TxDOT has encountered reallocation of inter-agency responsibilities and evolving funding sources, resulting in implementation challenges during construction. Through an environment of constant change, the US 290 Program has successfully remained on budget while executing an accelerated construction schedule with a significant public involvement component. The presentation will discuss the team’s ability to adapt to and leverage challenges, and lessons learned.




Mike Zientek

Mr. Zientek is an award-winning Senior Public Involvement Representative in HNTB’s Houston office. He has extensive experience in comprehensive communications strategies. Prior to joining HNTB, he served as a television news reporter for 15 years in Houston and San Antonio as well as other locations in Texas and Arizona. He has served as a Senior Public Involvement Representative for TxDOT’s US 290 Program since May 2007.


LeAnne Napolillo

LeAnne Napolillo, PE, is Vice President at HNTB Corporation in the firm’s Houston office and HNTB Program Manager for TxDOT’s US 290 Program. She has over twenty years experience managing complex transportation projects from planning through design to construction. She has served in multiple leadership positions within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); notably, she served as the ASCE-Texas Section Vice President-Education and ASCE-Houston branch President. She is recognized as an ASCE Fellow; was recipient of the 2014 ASCE-Texas Section Professional Service Award; the 2012 ASCE-Houston Award of Honor; and was named the 2005 ASCE-National Edmund Friedman and the 2002 ASCE-Houston “Young Engineer of the Year.” Currently, she is Past-President of the ASCE Construction Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Industrial Engineering in engineering management from the University of Houston.

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