Ky. Transportation Cabinet names Patty Dunaway as state highway engineer

Updated Apr 29, 2016

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has named Patty Dunaway as the new state highway engineer, marking the second time a woman has served in this capacity.

The state highway engineer oversees the agency’s Department of Highways and its 12 highway districts and multiple offices and divisions.

Patty Dunaway (KYTC)Patty Dunaway (KYTC)

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

Dunaway first worked at the agency as a scholarship student working summers in the Lexington and Elizabethtown district offices. She has worked in several areas including construction, design and planning, and most recently served for 10 years as chief district engineer for the District Four highway office in Elizabethtown.

Her work has involved planning studies for the Heartland Parkway and the U.S. 31W Safety Corridor.

Dunaway also managed the Safety Program and the annual Rural Secondary Program for District Four, initiated the I-65 Incident Management Team and oversaw the Base Realignment and Closure highway projects at Ft. Knox.

She once served as director for the Kentucky Association of Transportation Engineers and was named the University of Kentucky’s Young Engineer of the Year in 2011.

KYTC also named Andy Barber as deputy state highway engineer for Project Delivery and Preservation, and Paul Looney as the deputy state highway engineer for Project Development.