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Kenneth R. Wykle

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Former Federal Highway Administration administrator from 1997-2001.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Kenneth R. Wykle page on 24 June 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Kenneth R. Wykle was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia, joined the United States Army in 1963. After assignments in the United States and overseas, he was appointed Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command, the unified command for the Army, Navy, and Air Force mobility. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in 1993, and retired two years later.

Returning to public service as Administrator in late 1997, Wykle worked to secure passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century (TEA-21), which increased the Federal-aid Highway Program to record funding levels in the $30 billion range. He implemented TEA-21 rapidly, with emphasis on increased efficiency of program delivery.

Wykle addressed a wide range of issues by focusing on three management strategies. His focus on quality resulted in an Agency-wide self-assessment to achieve the vision of creating the best transportation system in the world. By focusing on the strategic plan, he helped create a road map that concentrated the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) efforts on the goals of mobility, safety, productivity, human and natural environment, and national security. And his focus on reorganization reshaped the FHWA to correlate with the strategic plan, TEA-21, and changes in the world transportation system.

In addition, Wykle fostered his vision of leveraging technology to increase the capability of existing infrastructure. He championed Intelligent Transportation Systems and the application of technology as the Interstate Highway Program of the new century. With his background in military logistics, Wykle encouraged enhanced efficiency for freight shipments by road and through improved intermodal connectors. He also encouraged advances in pavement and bridge technology, as well as safety, to provide longer lasting, more efficient service to the American people.

For more than three years that bridged the start of a new millennium, Wykle helped prepare the FHWA for the challenges of the 21st century.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
9 January 1998Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Glazing in Specified OpeningsKenneth R. Wykle
9 January 1998Qualification of Drivers; Waiver Application; VisionKenneth R. Wykle
14 January 1998Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing Management Information System (MIS) Statistical DataKenneth R. Wykle
27 January 1998Certification of Speed Limit EnforcementKenneth R. Wykle
11 February 1998Additional Interchanges to the Interstate SystemKenneth R. Wykle
11 February 1998Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Cargo Tanks Used to Transport Hazardous MaterialsKenneth R. Wykle
13 February 1998Registration of For-Hire Motor Carriers, Property Brokers, and Freight ForwardersKenneth R. Wykle
18 February 1998Manufactured Home Tires, Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation, and Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards; Final RuleKenneth R. Wykle
Nicolas P. Retsinas
19 February 1998Emergency Relief (ER) Program--$500,000 Disaster Eligibility ThresholdKenneth R. Wykle
19 February 1998Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; Periodic Inspection of Commercial Motor VehiclesKenneth R. Wykle
19 February 1998National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; Revision of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Temporary Traffic SignalsKenneth R. Wykle
2 March 1998Commercial Driver Disqualification ProvisionKenneth R. Wykle
12 March 1998Waiver for Canadian Electric Utility Motor Carriers From Alcohol and Controlled Substances TestingKenneth R. Wykle
13 March 1998Civil PenaltiesKenneth R. Wykle
22 April 1998Earth Day: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR WYKLE SIGNS WEST VIRGINIA WETLANDS AGREEMENTFederal Highway Administration
21 January 1999Wykle Announces Actions in Response To Inspector General ReportFederal Highway Administration
16 March 1999Statement by FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle Regarding Amtrak’s City of New OrleansFederal Highway Administration
22 April 1999Nation’s Top Highway Official Reports On Bicycle Transportation Progress At Earth Day Bike-In RallyFederal Highway Administration
27 April 1999FHWA Administrator Cites ITS Applications In New Salt Lake City Traffic Operations CenterFederal Highway Administration
25 May 1999Remarks by FHWA Administrator Kenneth Wykle at the Announcement of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Action PlanKenneth Wykle
1 June 1999FHWA Administrator Kicks Off International Safety Week On Truck and Bus SafetyFederal Highway Administration
14 June 1999Federal Highway Administrator Celebrates First Anniversary of TEA-21 At Maryland I-70/I-270 Ground-BreakingFederal Highway Administration
8 July 1999FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR CELEBRATES ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TEA-21 AT BLUE WATER BRIDGE EVENTFederal Highway Administration
21 July 1999Federal Highway Administrator Celebrates Anniversary of TEA-21, Announces Grants For Maine, New Hampshire and VermontFederal Highway Administration
2 August 1999Secretary Slater, FHWA Administrator Wykle Announce Legislation to Improve Motor Carrier SafetyU.S. Department of Transportation
25 February 2000Federal Highway Administrator Announces Task Force for Central Artery Project OversightFHWA
13 March 2000Statement by Kenneth R. Wykle, Administrator, Federal Highway AdministrationFHWA
20 April 2000FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR WYKLE ANNOUNCES $300,000 GRANT FOR HONOLULUFederal Highway Administration
18 May 2000Top U.S. Highway Official Commends NESEA for Contribution to Cleaner AirFederal Highway Administration


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