Two Ada area residents have been appointed to new positions with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Luke Johansen of Ada was recently appointed as highway management administrator for the eight-county region of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1. The district includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
In that position, Johansen oversees all activities relating to the 3,400 lane mi. (5,400 km) of state highway within the eight-county region. He is responsible for the oversight of the maintenance, construction, roadway services, bridge, guardrail, and traffic departments, as well as district garage operations.
Johansen is a graduate of Ada High School and a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a degree in civil engineering. He began with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 in 1991 as a project engineer and earned his professional engineering license in 1995.
Prior to his appointment, Johansen worked as a project engineer on notable construction projects, such as the construction of the U.S. 30 bypass at Upper Sandusky and the construction of an interchange on Ohio 37 over Ohio 15. He most recently was the project engineer on the expansion of U.S. 24 to a four-lane, divided highway in Defiance and Henry counties which began construction in April of this year.
Scott Mullins of Ada was appointed assistant construction engineer for the district. Mullins, also a graduate of Ada High School, has worked for the department since 1992 and began as a summer college student while attending Ohio Northern University. He graduated from ONU with a degree in civil engineering and earned his professional engineering license in 1996.
In the position, Mullins assists in administering the district’s construction contracts and serves as a liaison between contractors and field personnel.
Prior to his appointment, Mullins worked as a project engineer overseeing such projects as the construction of the U.S. 30 bypass at Upper Sandusky, the rehabilitation of Interstate 75 through Findlay and construction of U.S. 30 from Ohio 235 to Upper Sandusky. He also served as assistant construction engineer and project engineer in ODOT District 2, headquartered in Bowling Green, from 2003 to 2005.