MoDOT boss joins Funk in wonk ring of honor

Governing magazine looks at Missouri and sees competence.

Pete Rahn, the state’s transportation director, has made the magazine’s list of Public Officials of the Year. Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser made the list in 2003, when he was city auditor.

Rahn received praise for the Department of Transportation‘s reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 64. MoDOT shut down five-mile segments instead of going the orange-barrel route. The project will be completed in less time and for less money than was anticipated originally.

Interstate 64 doesn’t do us a lot of good, but Kansas City residents can see Rahn’s influence in MoDOT’s use of social media. The Christopher S. Bond bridge project is on Facebook. “You have to over-inform the public,” Rahn told Governing.

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