Capka, former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority CEO, joined FHWA in 2002

President Bush has nominated Federal Highway Administration's deputy administrator, J. Richard Capka, to be the agency's administrator. Capka, whose nomination was sent to the Senate on March 7, has held FHWA's number-two post since August 2002. He would succeed Mary Peters, who left the top FHWA job last July to return to her home state of Arizona.

Before joining FHWA, Capka was CEO and executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, overseeing the Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project--the "Big Dig."

Capka spent 29 years as an officer with the Army Corps of Engineers, rising to the rank of brigadier general. His Corps positions included stints as commander of the South Atlantic and South Pacific Divisions. He graduated from West Point and also has a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

(Photo courtesy of Federal Highway Administration)