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NCDOT Names Acting Division 6 Engineer


FAYETTEVILLE – The highway division responsible for Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Robeson and Harnett counties has a new leader.

Lee Jernigan, a registered professional engineer, was named this week as the acting Division 6 Engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation. He replaces Drew Cox, who was promoted last month to become the department's Eastern Deputy Chief Engineer, which oversees half of the state. 

Cox, who has worked for the department for 31 years, filled a vacancy after the November retirement of Kevin Bowen.

Transportation Secretary Joey Hopkins introduced Jernigan during a Board of Transportation meeting Thursday in Raleigh.

Jernigan returned to the NCDOT last May to serve as the Division 6 Deputy Engineer, after an 11-year career with the city of Fayetteville. While with the city, Jernigan was City Traffic Engineer, Interim Director for Engineering & Infrastructure, and Assistant Public Services Director.

“I am excited and humbled to be working alongside such a dedicated and talented team of professionals in Division 6," Jernigan said. “I have already seen how these employees take pride in serving the public, improving the transportation network and delivering projects that people need and want."

Prior to his employment with the city, Jernigan worked for 17 years for NCDOT. He spent much of that time with Division 6, which is headquartered in Fayetteville. Jernigan, a Cumberland County native, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from N.C. State University.

Division 6 has over 400 employees and is responsible for maintaining more than 13,000 lane miles across its five counties, as well as working with local transportation partners and addressing the various concerns of residents, businesses and constituents.​


1/4/2024 12:06 PM