Joe Crowe, the Deputy Director of Highways in Region Three of the Illinois Department of Transportation, began his career with IDOT at the Collinsville District in June 1984. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has held several positions within IDOT as he worked his way up the ladder. In his current position as Deputy Director of Highways, Crowe is responsible for the operations and maintenance of all state highways in 19 counties, consisting of 3,162 miles of highways and 1,469 bridges. Combined, these highways support more than 19 million miles of travel daily. The region employs 700 full-time personnel and an additional 80 to 200 temporary employees to accomplish its mission. Crowe is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Missouri and a graduate of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Management Institute at the University of Indiana. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the American Public Works Association. He currently serves on the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board at Bradley University.