Pedersen to retire as state highway chief
Neil J. Pedersen, the eight-year head of the State Highway Administration who oversaw the development and construction of the Intercounty Connector as well as hundreds of smaller road projects, announced Wednesday that he is stepping dowm.
Pedersen, 60, whose retirement as state highway administrator will be effective June 30, said he is stepping down for "personal reasons."
"my wife and I have a number of things that we would like to do but have not been able to while I have been SHA Adminsitrator," he wrote in a memo to the agency. "We also realize the importance of spending time with our families while we are able to do so."
Pedersen's retirement after 29 years with the system has not been widely expected. He was named head of the SHA by then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2003.