Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken has named Lance Mearig as the Southcoast region director.
“Lance is precisely the leader we need in Southcoast Region,” said Luiken. “His professional passion is Alaska's coastal transportation infrastructure and he has long standing relationships in the communities he will be serving.”
Mearig has more than 35 years of experience in transportation. He has most recently served as ADOT&PF's director for statewide design and engineering services, which includes acting as the department's chief engineer. He began his career working for ADOT&PF in 1982 and spent 25 years working in private industry.
Mearig replaces Mike Coffey who retired Aug. 31 after a 35-year career with ADOT&PF.
Mearig's official first day as region director was Sept. 1.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 249 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.