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SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Carlos Braceras the executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The appointment follows a nationwide search to replace retired former executive director John Njord. The former UDOT deputy director for 12 years, Braceras is responsible for UDOT's 1,800 employees and the design, construction, and maintenance of Utah's 6,000-mile system of roads and highways.

"Carlos Braceras is a man of outstanding capability and extraordinary expertise," said the Governor. "He understands Utah and he understands Utah's transportation system. His well-articulated vision for Utah's future transportation system focuses on our economy, optimal mobility, maximum value for tax dollars and our unique quality of life."

"I am humbled by the trust placed in me by Governor Herbert," Braceras said. "I have great confidence in the people I work with everyday to continue to pioneer new ways to address Utah's transportation challenges and help the Governor achieve his four cornerstones."

Braceras joined UDOT in 1986. Prior to his post as deputy director, Braceras served as the director of UDOT's Region Three Office, chief geotechnical engineer, chief value engineer, a member of the Legacy Parkway/I-15 North Project team and as a roadway design engineer.

Named the "1998 State of Utah Governor's Manager of the Year," Braceras was also the 1998 recipient of the "UDOT Leader of the Year" Award. Prior to joining UDOT, Braceras worked as a well-site geologist doing oil and gas exploration and development. He also worked for Snowbird Ski Resort. Braceras received an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Vermont and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. He is a registered professional engineer.

Braceras currently serves on several committees of the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He was recently appointed to the position of AASHTO Secretary/Treasurer. Braceras also serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Maintenance, chair of the Advisory Board for the Center of Environmental Excellence, serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH), and is vice-chair of the Operations Council of SCOH.

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