California Department of Transportation

Tom Hallenbeck

Tom Hallenbeck

Tom Hallenbeck - District 9 Director

Tom is a native of Hornell in western New York State. He attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1980 from Union College in Schenectady, where Caltrans recruited him. Prior to starting his new job, Tom and a couple of buddies decided on a bicycling vacation and pedalled 3,000 miles in six weeks traveling from Denver, north to Canada, and back south through Washington and Oregon to Sacramento.

Tom's first assignment was in the Office of Structures Design in Sacramento where he remained until June of 1983, when he transferred to Structures Construction. Serving as a resident engineer for the next six years, Tom worked on bridge projects in Districts 3, 4, 9, and 10, including the Highway 50 double bridge job east of Riverton, and the Potato Slough swing span bridge on Highway 12 in San Joaquin County.

A promotion to Senior Bridge Engineer in 1989 took Tom back into the office where he ran the contract change order program for the next four years. In 1993, Tom was promoted to Supervising Bridge Engineer to become the Deputy Office Chief of Structures Construction. In 1995 he was tapped to serve as executive assistant to the Director of the Engineering Service Center.

Tom's next move was to head Design Branch C in April 1996. Design C was active in designing storm damage repair projects, including the reconstruction of Highway 395 in Walker Canyon.

Tom and his family moved to Bishop, California in 1997 when Tom accepted the position of District 9 Director. He and his wife Kellie, have three children, Allison, Andrew, and Jacob. Tom enjoys bicycling to work, running, and brewing his own specialty beer. Tom and Kellie also enjoy golfing and family camping outings.