VDOT Leadership

James S. Utterback, PMP

Director, Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project


James S. Utterback was named to lead the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project in January 2018. 

Prior to that, he was VDOT's Hampton Roads District Administrator from 2013 to 2018 and Culpeper District Administrator from 2008 to 2013.


Utterback has more than 30 years of experience managing large-scale projects in military, private and state organizations.

After being selected as VDOT’s Hampton Roads District Administrator, Utterback lead the development of a construction program that now exceeds $1.2 billion including the $409 million Interstate 64 High Rise Bridge, VDOT’s largest design-build project, and four additional interstate construction projects each with a contract value over $100 million.

He joined VDOT in 1999 as an engineer, working in its Management Services, Location and Design, and Innovative Project Delivery divisions.

Utterback led VDOT’s Charlottesville Residency from January 2005 to mid-2006.

He then became project management officer in VDOT’s Scheduling and Contracts Division.

In that role, he oversaw statewide implementation of VDOT’s project management program, including the development of policies, procedures and processes.

He also oversaw the integration of state-of-the-art project management software tools to support delivery of the agency’s Six-Year Improvement Program.

He was a program manager for ITT Defense and Electronics in Roanoke between 1995 and 1999.


Utterback served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 10 years before joining the engineering and consulting firm. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.


He earned a master’s degree in business from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Military Institute.

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