Paul Loete, PE, joined Lochner as Vice President and Illinois Area Manager responsible for leading market growth initiatives and overseeing the operation of the firm’s statewide design and CEI practices. As a prior Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Project Implementation, Paul brings extensive project programming, funding, delivery, and assessment experience. He played a key role in the development of the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan, the largest transportation program in the state’s history, and is excited to deliver on the program’s objectives in partnership with IDOT, the Illinois Tollway Authority, the Chicago Department of Transportation, local municipalities, and transit agencies.

Senior Vice President of Operations Phil Russell, PE, said “Paul’s in-depth understanding of Illinois’ transportation improvement needs and agency expectations aligns with Lochner’s focus on helping clients get the most value out of funding allocations. He is a tremendous addition to the Lochner family that will build on the company’s 77-year track record of quality transportation consulting services in Illinois. The Rebuild Illinois Capital Program, combined with the much-anticipated federal transportation bill, have the potential to significantly revitalize transportation systems and communities statewide. With Paul’s leadership, Lochner looks forward to continuing to serve state and local agencies in the implementation of significant transportation infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois.”

Paul brings 26 years of experience including three years as IDOT’s Director of Highway Project Implementation and Chief Engineer, and four years as Deputy Director of Highways for IDOT Region 2. In his most recent capacity at IDOT, he managed operations for nine district offices and seven central office bureaus, supervising the development of multi-year construction programs averaging $2B annually. Prior to and following his service in the public sector, Paul worked in various consultant roles within the transportation engineering industry.

Paul Loete, PE
Vice President & Illinois Area Manager