The director of Missouri's Department of Transportation is taking a medical leave of absence and plans to resign his post.
The department announced Thursday that Kevin Keith's leave is effective immediately and he will resign July 1.
Chief engineer David Nichols will serve as interim director until the state Highways and Transportation Commission appoints a new director. Commission chairman Joe Carmichael says Nichols will remain interim director for at least one year.
An I-49 mural made by students at Joplin East Middle School
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU
U.S Senator Roy Blunt speaks at a ceremony for I-49 (from L-R): MoDOT Director Kevin Keith, District Engineer Becky Baltz, Chairman of Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Rudolph E. Farber, and Federal Highway Administration’s Victor Mendez