Matthew Dawson, P.E., PTOE

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Matthew Dawson serves as an assistant vice president, Hanson’s transportation practice lead and a senior transportation engineer in the company’s Peoria, Illinois, office. He has provided civil and traffic engineering services for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway and a wide variety of municipal governments and private clients. His experience includes serving as the project engineer or quality control staff member on numerous roadway and railway projects, including major arterial streets, complete streets to accommodate all users, rural and urban interstate highways, tollways and rural bridge replacements. His railway background encompasses design and modification of at-grade crossings, intermodal facilities and railroad grade separations for Class I railroads including BNSF, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern.

Select project highlights include the Interstate 74 reconstruction through downtown Peoria, Washington Street and TIGER II Warehouse District redevelopment project encompassing 20 blocks of downtown Peoria; the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) complete streets improvements, which are transforming transportation around the University of Illinois campus; Seminary and East Main Street grade separations in Galesburg, Illinois; various sections of the I-294, I-90 and I-88 tollways near Chicago; Dorsett/Lindbergh (US 67) interchange improvements in St. Louis; I-44 Flood Study near Jerome, Missouri; and the BNSF Sandpoint Junction Connector Project in Idaho.

In 2018 Matthew, was appointed to the Transportation Research Boards (TRB) Standing Committee on Geometric Design (AFB10), where he has helped with peer reviews of research papers and served as a member of the best paper and best graduate poster committees.

As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Illinois Valley Branch and Central Illinois Section, Matthew has been a part of the board of directors and served in various roles, including several terms as president of each board. He is the membership chair of the Illinois Valley Branch and has assisted for 20 years with the annual Index Card Bridge Building contest for middle-school students.

In 2011, Matthew was named one of the 40 Leaders Under Forty by InterBusiness Issues magazine. In 2012, he was selected as a Rising Star in Civil Engineering by ZweigWhite’s Civil + Structural Engineer magazine. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Central Illinois Section named him Young Civil Engineer of the Year. 

Professional Engineer: Idaho, Illinois, Missouri
Professional Traffic Operations Engineer
National Council of Examiners Engineering & Surveying
Bradley University: Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, civil engineering