By Dean Franks, vice president of congressional affairs, ARTBA

In his Oct. 5 confirmation hearing for Federal Highway Administrator, Paul Trombino told the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee that safety is the core value of all transportation agencies. The former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) also said he is eager to play a role in upgrading the nation’s infrastructure network and that he supports permit streamlining.

Trombino was at the Iowa DOT when the state legislature and governor raised the motor fuels tax 10 cents per gallon. At the Senate hearing, he downplayed his role in the development and characterized himself as an advisor. He said there are multiple options to address federal Highway Trust Fund solvency, including the freight sector, to potentially gather new revenue.

Trombino was president of the McClure Engineering Company in Clive, Iowa, when President Donald Trump last month nominated him to lead FHWA. ARTBA members and staff have worked with Trombino in the past in multiple roles, including when he served on the AASHTO-AGC-ARTBA Joint Committee.

Once confirmed, ARTBA looks forward to continuing that relationship in his new role as administrator.