UPDATE: Transportation director to work for a contract winner of his department

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 3:01 p.m. CDT; updated 11:05 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 24, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Transportation director Pete Rahn will resign to become a vice president of a company involved with one of the department's largest contracts.

The Kansas City-based company, HNTB, is part of a consortium that won a contract last year to repair and maintain more than 500 bridges across the state.

At the time, MoDOT estimated the value of the contract at nearly $500 million with an ultimate expected cost of $700 million for more than 800 bridges.

HNTB has been involved with planning other projects funded by MoDOT during Rahn's time as director.

Rahn's resignation takes effect April 23.

According the Associated Press, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission plans to establish an interim director while searching for Rahn's replacement.

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