Missouri Department of Transportation chief engineer Dave Nichols will take the reins as director on an interim basis replacing Kevin Keith who is taking a medical leave of absence.

Keith is taking a leave effective immediately and will retire on July 1, according to a press release that did not disclose the reason behind the medical leave. Nichols will serve in the role for a minimum of one year. Nichols has worked at MoDOT for nearly 30 years in a variety of leadership positions.

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