Iselin, NJ — Richard T. Hammer has joined Mott MacDonald as a Vice President in the company’s transportation practice. Based in the company’s Iselin headquarters, he will be responsible for several major assignments and business development for the Northeast US.
Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Mr. Hammer was employed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), where he began in the Bridge Design and Inspection Division and subsequently rose to the positions of Director of the Division of Project Management, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Program Management, and ultimately Commissioner of Transportation for NJDOT.
While at NJDOT, Mr. Hammer spearheaded the $1.2 billion rehabilitation of the 3.5-mile Pulaski Skyway, the largest infrastructure initiative in New Jersey and the highest volume-of-traffic mitigation project of its kind in the country. He directed the implementation of the largest capital construction program in NJDOT history. As Commissioner, he won an eight-year renewal of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, increasing the state’s transportation investment 25%, from $1.6 billion to $2 billion per year.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has honored Mr. Hammer with its Government Engineer of the Year Award (2007), Distinguished Service Award (2011), and Service to the People Award (2012). In 2017 he was named one of 20 of the South Jersey region’s “Top Professional Minds” by South Jersey Biz, a regional business-to-business publication.