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About The District Director

Basem Muallem

Basem E. Muallem, P.E.
District 8 Director
California Department of Transportation

Basem Muallem is the District Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for District 8 encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  It is the largest geographically of the 12 statewide Caltrans districts, with four interstates and 32 routes totaling over 7,000 lane miles within its boundaries.

The region is facing continuing growth.  As more people, businesses and vehicles, including trucks, come into the area, the challenges of providing a highway system to meet the region’s growing needs increase.

Prepared to meet those challenges, District Director Muallem manages a staff of 1,280 and an operating budget of $181 million.  He oversees all facets of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the state highway system in the greater Inland Empire region.  Mr. Muallem works in partnership with both regional transportation and local resource agencies to provide a safe and reliable highway network for the traveling public and is the liaison to the statewide Caltrans Director regarding local issues, achievements and opportunities.

Basem Muallem has been with Caltrans for 29 years. He is a licensed civil engineer and has served in a number of engineering and management positions. He has experience in Construction, Design, Operations/Encroachment Permits, Surveys, Maintenance, Program/Project Management, and Right of Way. He most recently was the District 8 Deputy District Director for Program/Project Management and Deputy District Director for Right of Way. Previously, he was the Deputy District Director for Maintenance in District 8 and also served as the interim HQ Division Chief for Maintenance and Division Chief for Right of Way.

Mr. Muallem holds a Bachelors of Science degree in biology, and he has Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. Basem began his career in Los Angeles (District 7) as an entry level Civil Engineer.