Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas recently announced Patty Dunaway, P.E., will serve as state highway engineer.
Dunaway becomes the second woman in cabinet history to assume the role.
“Patty’s extensive career in engineering will help shape our strategic vision for improving Kentucky’s vast transportation network,” Thomas said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Patty and her talented team as we begin to address the budgetary challenges facing the cabinet.”
Dunaway began her career at KYTC as a scholarship student in 1990, working summers out of the Lexington and Elizabethtown district offices. During her 26-year career at the cabinet, she worked in various areas including construction, design, planning and most recently, serving as chief district engineer for the District Four highway office in Elizabethtown since 2006.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity and honored to continue to serve Kentucky alongside the great employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,” Dunaway said.
She has been involved with various planning studies including the Heartland Parkway and the U.S. 31W Safety Corridor. She has managed the Safety Program and the annual Rural Secondary Program for District Four. Dunaway initiated the I-65 Incident Management Team and was responsible for overseeing the Base Realignment and Closure highway projects at Fort Knox as well as the remaining 30-mile widening project of I-65 to six lanes.
Throughout her career, Dunaway served as district coordinator for the Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network (KEEN) and the director for the Kentucky Association of Transportation Engineers. In 2011, Dunaway was named the University of Kentucky’s Young Engineer of the Year.
Dunaway holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.
She lives in Leitchfield with her husband, Jerry, and has two daughters, Dawn and Tara, who attend the University of Louisville. The appointment is effective May 1.
The state highway engineer oversees the Department of Highways, which is responsible for 12 highway districts as well as numerous offices and divisions.