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Position oversees construction, maintenance operations for four counties.

ABILENE – Neil Welch, P.E., has been named TxDOT Abilene’s Big Spring Area Engineer. He will oversee construction and maintenance operations for Borden, Howard, Mitchell and Nolan Counties in the agency’s Abilene District. Welch’s first day with the District is Monday, January 8, 2018.

Welch joins TxDOT from the City of Lubbock, where he served as the assistant city engineer since 2013, acting as the streets engineering department head and supervising the ROW department, inspection groups and utility permitting personnel. Prior to this position, Neil was the City’s capital projects engineer, responsible for managing the City’s design and construction projects.

Welch began his first TxDOT career in 1999 in the Lubbock District Design Office. In 2002 he was named central design engineer and was responsible for overseeing major design projects until he began his work with the City of Lubbock. He received his professional engineer’s license in 2003.

Welch fills the opening left by previous Big Spring Area Engineer Matt Evans, P.E., who was named Director of Construction for the San Angelo District. Wayne Ekdahl, P.E., TxDOT Abilene’s Director of Construction has been serving as interim Area Engineer.


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