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Lucas County Engineer

Responsibilities: To oversee the construction, maintenance, and repair of all bridges in the county, and of county roads and other public improvements except buildings in the county.4 Year Term

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    Mike Pniewski

Biographical Information

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Education BS Civil Engineering Univ. of Michigan; MS Civil Engineering Univ. of Michigan; BS Land Surveying Michigan Tech Univ.; MBA Bowling Green State Univ.; Ohio Licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor
With over 20 years of experience leading civil engineering and land surveying projects in the public and private sectors, I believe I have much to offer the people of Lucas County. My experience brings a varied background in water resources from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers here in Northwest Ohio, large land development projects in Arizona, and in designing and implementing other private and public infrastructure projects in Michigan, around the Midwest, and across the globe. In addition, I have been honored to develop the next generation of engineers by teaching at civil engineer schools around the country and currently at the University of Toledo. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated the ability to deliver results and at the same time develop lasting and productive relationships with varying governmental agencies, businesses, community leaders, developers, industries, and our citizens. I am motivated to serve the citizens of Lucas County every day.
Our region, and our office, has been very successful in obtaining outside funding for projects that enhance the safety of the public while improving traffic flow. The office was a key partner in the expansion of I-475 in Western Lucas County including the development of two new interchanges at Dorr Street and US 20A. These interchanges will improve traffic conditions in Western Lucas County as well as provide two new corridors for future economic development when they are completed in 2023. In the past, the office was also instrumental in the construction of the Railroad Bridge over McCord Rd near Springfield High School. For the past 10 years, our office has also improved traffic safety and capacity with modern roundabout intersections. These intersections largely eliminate the potential for deadly or serious injury accidents while improving traffic flow. We look forward to continuing our success in bringing outside funds to our area and improving safety and our quality of life.
While our region has seen significant investment in the transportation infrastructure of Lucas County, we are still challenged in obtaining the resources we need to adequately maintain the infrastructure we have and to develop the infrastructure we need to continue to make Lucas County a great place to work, live and prosper. Our office operates on the revenues provided by the state through gas user and license plate fees, as well as with outside grants from Federal and state sources. While our office has a successful track record in obtaining competitive grants for projects to enhance the safety and capacity of our roadways, our dedicated funding to maintain these investments becomes more challenging each year. Each year, we develop a six year plan to allocate these revenues based on the needs of our system. Continued cooperation among governments in the region is needed to ensure our transportation system serves our businesses and citizens and supports regional growth.