Fort Worth District Engineer
David M. Salazar Jr., P.E., is the district engineer for the Fort Worth District.
The district comprises nine counties: Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.
A 31-year veteran of both TxDOT and private construction, Salazar began his career with Kiewit Construction in 1992 as a project engineer. He joined TxDOT in 1995 as an engineering assistant at the Del Rio Area Office. In 2001, he left TxDOT briefly to work in the private sector. Returning to TxDOT in 2004, Salazar joined the San Angelo District as district materials engineer until his selection as Carrizo Springs area engineer in 2006.
Salazar was appointed Laredo district director of maintenance in 2011. His leadership was instrumental during the district’s pavement preservation and reconstruction period of the Eagle Ford Shale boom years, which caused considerable challenges to the state’s transportation system.
Salazar was appointed Laredo district engineer, effective Oct. 1, 2017. In this capacity, he was instrumental in structuring and managing a record-setting $1.62 billion 10-year UTP for the Laredo District.
Appointed as Fort Worth District Engineer in October 2022, Salazar serves on NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council, working to address Metroplex-area transportation challenges and opportunities. Under Salazar’s direction as district engineer, he oversees $4.7 billion in construction, including major projects such as I-35W, the I-30/SH 360 Interchange and the Southeast Connector.