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Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday named a new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The governor said he has appointed Mark Van Port Fleet, the department's senior chief deputy director, to the post. The appointment is effective Nov. 1 and subject to the state Senate's consent.

Van Port Fleet will succeed Kirk Steudle, who announced his retirement in September.

“During his time at MDOT, Mark has created a standard for developing and completing innovative, high-quality projects that benefit all Michiganders,” Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to improving our roadways and infrastructure is impressive and brings me confidence he will excel in this new role.”

Van Port Fleet has 38 years of experience with MDOT. He has also served as the state's key negotiator with the Canadian government on development agreements for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Florida.

Steudle had served as MDOT's director since 2006.

Based in Lansing, MDOT has 2,500 employees and a $4.7 billion annual budget. The agency is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highway and more than 4,000 state highway bridges.

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