KYTC Announces Long-awaited New Leadership Appointments

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas today announced Patty Dunaway, P.E., will serve as state highway engineer. Dunaway becomes the second woman in Cabinet history to assume the role.Patty_Dunaway

 “Patty’s extensive career in engineering will help shape our strategic vision for improving Kentucky’s vast transportation network,” said Sec. Thomas. “I look forward to working with Patty and her talented team as we begin to address the budgetary challenges facing the Cabinet.”

Patty 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,” said Dunaway.

Dunaway 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 (BRAC) highway projects at Ft. Knox as well as the remaining 30 mile widening project of I-65 to six lanes.

Throughout her career, she 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. More information can be found at http://transportation.ky.gov/Organizational-Resources/Organizational%20Charts/Highways.pdf 

Barber named deputy state highway engineer for Project Delivery and Preservation

Andy Barber, P.E., of Louisville, will serve as the deputy state highway engineer for Project Delivery and Preservation.

Andy-BarberPrior to his appointment, Barber was an assistant state highway engineer serving as project manager for the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Barber began his career at the Cabinet as a scholarship student in 2001. He previously served as deputy project manager for the Bridges Project, project manager for the Milton Madison Bridge Replacement Project and as a resident engineer in the Cabinet’s Lexington district.

Barber received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. Business First of Louisville named Barber “Forty Under 40” in 2012.

Andy, his wife Jennifer, and daughters Molly and Lucy make their home in Louisville.

Paul Looney, P.E., of Frankfort, will serve as the deputy state highway engineer for Project Development.Paul_Looney

Paul also began his career at the Cabinet as a KYTC scholarship student. Looney spent 16 years in the Division of Highway Design as a pavement engineer and the pavement branch manager for six years. Paul currently serves as an assistant state highway engineer working primarily in project development. He has been the project manager for the Interstate 69 project since 2014.

Looney received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.  In 2015, Looney helped develop the Project Manager’s Boot Camp.

Paul, his wife Natalie, and their son Lachlan reside in Frankfort.

Both appointments are effective May 1.

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