Bridge News


Posted: February 20, 2001

On January 26, 2001, the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) announced the appointment of Denis J. Mulligan as the new District Engineer. Mulligan replaces District Engineer Mervin Giacomini who is retiring after 27 years with the District. Effective March 1, 2001, Mulligan joins the four Officers of the Board (General Manager Celia Kupersmith, Joseph M. Wire Auditor-Controller, Attorney David Miller and District Secretary Janet Tarantino) in managing District operations and programs.

Mulligan comes to the District after 18 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where he most recently served as Program Manager for the State's Toll Bridge Program. In this capacity, he managed a staff of more than 250, numerous consultant contracts, and more than $1 billion in ongoing construction contracts. Mulligan was responsible for the seismic retrofit of Caltrans operated toll bridges and the construction of four new bridges. He was responsible for the construction underway on the new Carquinez suspension bridge and the new five-mile long San Mateo-Hayward trestle. Mulligan was also responsible for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span and the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge which was just advertised for construction earlier this month. Seismic retrofit projects include the eastbound Carquinez Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael and Benicia-Martinez Bridges, and the west span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the recently completed San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. During his 18 year Caltrans career, he served in variety of positions with progressively increasing responsibilities. Prior to serving a Program Manager, State Toll Bridges, one of his key responsibilities including programming and financing for Caltrans projects within the nine Bay Area counties.

Mulligan earned a Bachelors of Science in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and is a registered civil engineer in the State of California.