Jared Wiley began his career with the Department as an Engineering Student Intern in Hot Springs prior to being hired in December 2005 as a Civil Engineer in the Planning and Research Division. Following an engineering career path, he advanced through several positions in the Planning Branch where he oversaw the Department’s traffic count and roadway inventory programs before becoming Consultant Coordinator in the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer’s office in July 2013. Jared promoted to Assistant Division Head of the Transportation Planning and Policy Division in January 2014, then promoted to the position of Division Head of Program Management in May 2015. In April 2020, Jared promoted to his current position of Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with an emphasis in civil engineering from Arkansas State University. Jared resides with his wife and four children near Benton. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Grouped under the supervision of the Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning are five divisions, each assigned specialized duties. Planning Branch staff uses off-the-shelf and internally developed software to analyze data, create reports and develop maps that inform staff and the public. The Program Management Division coordinates the short-range construction program, oversees the process of advertising, letting and awarding construction contracts, monitors federal-aid funding and coordinates with local public agencies in the administration of various transportation related grant programs. The Environmental Division ensures that the Department maintains compliance with federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Transportation Planning and Policy is responsible for multimodal and project planning, coordination with metropolitan planning organizations and administering the highway safety improvement and transit programs. The Surveys Division provides engineering and land surveys to support the planning, design, and construction of transportation projects. The System Information and Research Division supports the Department by providing information generated through the collection, management, and analysis of data related to traffic, the roadway system, asset performance, and transportation related research.