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Acting Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Transportation

Richard T. Hammer

richard hammer photo   Richard T. Hammer was appointed Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation on October 30, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Rick led the Department's Capital Program Management (CPM) organization as Assistant Commissioner since March of 2006. In this capacity, he was responsible for delivering the annual Capital Program, as well as managing a workforce of about 1,100 employees throughout six Divisions - Right of Way and Access Management; Project Management; Capital Program Support; Highway and Traffic Design;
Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Management; and Construction Services and Materials.

Rick began his career with the Department in May of 1982 upon graduation from Rutgers University, College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His 33 plus year career includes 14 years with the Bureau of Structural Evaluation in the former Division of Bridge Design and 10 years in the Division of Project Management, where he served as a Program Manager overseeing major statewide bridge projects and ultimately as Division Director. Under his leadership as Assistant Commissioner, the Department has delivered record-breaking capital programs each fiscal year.

Rick, with his focus on creating a solution-oriented environment, implemented a comprehensive restructuring of CPM to deal with a decreasing workforce and to better utilize the expertise and creativity of staff. Emphasizing purpose and need, with a “smart solutions” philosophy, his goal is to achieve an efficient project delivery system that maximizes the construction value of every transportation dollar. Towards this end, New Jersey has been recognized as a national leader in value engineered savings.

Rick has received numerous accolades from both the engineering and construction industries, most notably being named New Jersey ASCE “Government Engineer of the Year” in 2007 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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  Last Updated:  May 19, 2016