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Laurie Berman was appointed to head Caltrans District 11 in November 2009, becoming the eighth district director for the region.
Ms. Berman is responsible for the daily operation of 1,200 employees and more than 1,000 centerline miles of highway. Under her leadership and in collaboration with regional stakeholders, a record level of investment in Imperial County infrastructure is underway with more than $500 million in improvements for the areas highways and roads.
Her top priority for motorists and Caltrans employees is safety. In 2013, District 11 launched a pilot project to enhance work zone safety through additional warning signs, reduced and enforced speed limits and an extra buffer lane between highway workers and live traffic. Caltrans partnered with other agencies for the Be Work Zone Alert and Move Over Law public awareness campaigns, urging motorists to slow down and enable highway workers to safely perform their vital duties.
In 2012, Berman served on special assignment for an intensive department program review. She is an integral part of a statewide leadership team that is working to ensure Caltrans will effectively meet growing transportation demands. She shares the vision for a future state transportation system infused with innovation and new technologies that will provide truly multi-modal options to efficiently move people and goods across California.
She was honored as the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Diego’s “Woman of the Year” in 2011. Berman serves on the United Way of San Diego County Board of Directors and as an ex officio member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments and the Imperial County Transportation Commission. She is a member of WTS and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Berman began her career as a Junior Civil Engineer in bridge construction in Santa Barbara after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University in 1983 and has more than 30 years of experience with Caltrans.