Carlos M. Braceras was appointed acting director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in May 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for UDOT’s more than 1,600 employees and the design, construction and maintenance of Utah’s 6,000-mile system of roads and highways. UDOT recently celebrated the completion of two of the largest highway projects in Utah history with the Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion (I-15 CORE) and the first phase of the Mountain View Corridor in west Salt Lake County. Both projects address long-term transportation needs and will improve mobility of goods and services throughout the state.
Braceras joined UDOT in 1986. Prior to being appointed as acting director, he served as deputy director for 12 years. Braceras has also served as the director of UDOT’s Region Three Office, chief geotechnical engineer, chief value engineer, a member of the Legacy Parkway/I-15 North Project team and as a roadway design engineer. He was named the “1998 State of Utah Governor’s Manager of the Year” and was the 1998 recipient of the “UDOT Leader of the Year” Award. Prior to joining UDOT, Braceras worked as a well-site geologist doing oil and gas exploration and development. Heis on the board of directors for the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), where he serves as the secretary/treasurer and as the chair of the Subcommittee on Maintenance.
Braceras received an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Vermont and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. He is a registered professional engineer.
Braceras moved to Utah in the summer of 1980 and instantly fell in love with the mountains and the people. Braceras and his wife enjoy spending time in the Utah outdoors. Their favorite activities include skiing, bicycling, golfing, camping, windsurfing and sailing on the Great Salt Lake.