Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) Executive Director Shoshana Lew announced on Tuesday that Julie Constan will serve as Region 5’s next Regional Transportation Director. Region 5 spans South Central and Southwest Colorado.
“She will be leading a strong and dedicated team with a lot of challenging and exciting work ahead,” read Lew’s announcement. “She has also developed close relationships with local agency partners to improve the walkability and multimodal options along the state highway system as those roads become the downtown main street hubs of communities all over the state.”
Constan has been with Region 5 since January 2017 as the Traffic and Safety Program Engineer. In that role, Julie led the work to secure an Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMD) grant to continue to expand fiber optic cable over Wolf Creek Pass. This grant will also deploy intelligent transportation devices to communicate with the trucks and reduce truck crashes on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass, as well as continue to expand access to fiber in southwestern Colorado.
“Julie Constan’s promotion to our regional transportation director is certainly good news for Region 5 and for Chaffee County,” said Commissioner Keith Baker who serves as the Chaffee County’s (elected) transportation liaison.
“Julie has worked in Region 5 for quite some time, has worked closely with Chaffee County and our municipalities on several projects and areas of concern, including U.S. 50 in Poncha Springs and in Salida for the Rainbow Blvd. improvements and the U.S. 291 and U.S. 50 intersection,” added Baker. “So she brings a high level of awareness of what Chaffee County transportation needs are.”
According to Lew, Constan, who grew up in Southwest Colorado, has also worked extensively as a local agency leader. Prior to working for CDOT, she worked for the Mesa County engineering division in Grand Junction for 14 years, overseeing the design and construction of capital road and stormwater projects. She started as a staff engineer and worked her way to the county’s Engineering Division Director prior to joining CDOT.
“Part of why I joined CDOT Region 5 is my love for the mountains of Southwest Colorado. I was raised in Pagosa Springs, and after graduating from high school I explored the western U.S. I spent time in Fort Collins, Los Alamos, NM, Montana, and California prior to returning back to western Colorado,” said Constan. “I love spending as much time outside as possible with my family, including mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, hiking and trail running.”