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Steve Takigawa

Deputy Director, Maintenance and Operations

Steve Takigawa, Deputy Director, Maintenance and Operations

Steve Takigawa is the Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Mr. Takigawa manages the day-to-day operations of the Division of Traffic Operations, the Division of Maintenance, and the Division of Equipment, overseeing a statewide operating budget of $2 billion, 8,500 employees, and a fleet with more than 10,000 pieces of equipment.

During his career at Caltrans, Mr. Takigawa has spearheaded a number of transportation innovations in California, including the following:

  • Managing Caltrans' fleet with Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle data.
  • Converting roadside lighting to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Developing a lights-out program that uses prismatic sheeting on overhead signs and allows the removal of all lighting, copper wire, and catwalks.
  • Developing and implementing an Integrated Maintenance Management System for the Maintenance Program.  This project earned the International Honors Laureates' Medal from Computer World.
  • Developing the Five-Year Maintenance Plan.  This plan increased the Preventive Maintenance budget from $76 million to more than $500 million annually.  The plan targets to delay pavement deterioration and save $907 million in rehabilitation needs over five years.

Mr. Takigawa is a licensed civil engineer, having graduated with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University.  He has been with Caltrans for 27 years, serving in a number of high-profile engineering and management positions.

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