South Florida is getting a new traffic chief.
Jim Wolfe will take over May 23 as the new Miami district secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation. He will oversee major highways and thoroughfares in Miami-Dade and the Keys.
Wolfe replaces Gustavo "Gus" Felix Pego, who has managed the Miami FDOT office since 2008.
Wolfe's appointment was announced by Jim Boxold, the secretary of transportation in Tallahassee.
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Wolfe is rejoining the public sector from the engineering firm Reynolds, Smith & Hills. Before joining RS & H, Wolfe had worked for FDOT, serving recently as secretary in District 4.
While at the District 4 office in Fort Lauderdale, Wolfe led the team that delivered the massive Interstate 595 reconstruction project, an innovative arrangement under which the state transportation agency partnered with a private company to build reversible toll express lanes in the median of the central Broward east-west expressway.
FDOT's office in Miami said that Wolfe will not speak publicly until after he takes over his new position.
Pego, who is retiring as head of District 6, said he admires Wolfe.
“Jim is a seasoned transportation professional who will continue moving the district and its partnering agencies in a positive direction toward safety and mobility on our roadways,” Pego said in a statement.
Wolfe will be responsible for the overall planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of state roads in Miami-Dade and Monroe.