Maribel P. Chavez, P.E., is the district engineer for TxDOT's Fort Worth District.
The district comprises nine counties: Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.
A TxDOT employee since 1983, Chavez began her career as an engineering assistant in the Pecos Area Office. She has held positions as design engineer and assistant field operations engineer in the Odessa District Office, as area engineer in Pecos, and as executive assistant to Texas Transportation Commissioner Ray Stoker Jr. She worked as Abilene district engineer before her appointment in 1998 as district engineer in El Paso.
Since being named Fort Worth district engineer in January 2002, Chavez has served on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments working to solve Metroplex-area transportation issues. As district engineer, Chavez currently oversees over $3 billion in public-private partnerships for the DFW Connector and North Tarrant Express and approximately $700 million in traditional construction work. In addition, she has overseen $433 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded construction and maintenance projects, which includes $250 million allocated to the DFW Connector. Another successful partnership under her direction was the completion of the $166 million I-30 Mobility Improvement Project in Arlington's Entertainment District, which finished in time for the 2010 World Series and Super Bowl XLV.
A native of Pecos, Chavez earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Chavez was named Woman of the Year in 2004 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar. In 2011, she was honored with a Preservation Leadership Award by Historic Fort Worth, Inc. for her work to preserve bridges. Later that same year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram named her one of its 2011 DFW Newsmakers for her guidance in developing the $1 billion DFW Connector, the $1.4 billion Chisholm Trail Parkway and the $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express.
She and her husband, Daniel, have four children, Jeremy, Billy, Kelli and Amelia.