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Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson: VDOT's $7-Billion Man

Posted: 7/9/2007

Aileen Cho met Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson two years ago while touring the Virginia side of the $2.5-billion Wilson Bridge project. Despite tough life situations, his discipline and talent has led him to become VDOT's first-ever manager of megaprojects.

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Ronaldo T. "Nick" Nicholson
Regional Mega-Project Program Director
Virginia Dept. of Transportation

Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner David S. Ekern has tapped Ronaldo T. "Nick" Nicholson, P.E., to lead the coordination of major construction and public-private projects for Northern Virginia.

Nicholson will oversee and coordinate more than $7 billion in major construction projects, including:

  • I-95/395 HOV/Bus/HOT lanes
  • I-495 Capital Beltway HOV/Bus/HOT lanes
  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
  • The I-94 Fourth Lane Widening Project
  • VDOT's involvement in the Dulles Rail Project
  • He holds a Masters degree in structural engineering from George Washington University and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. Besides publishing numerous papers, Nicholson has also received honors that include a Commissioners Award for Outstanding Achievement and a Governor's Team Award in 2006. In addition, he is a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He was named a 2006 Modern-Day Technology Leader by the editors of US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

    From McGraw-Hill Construction
    Editor & Host: Aileen Cho
    Transportation Editor,

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