Richard Tippett is a Civil and Traffic Engineer with 30+ years of experience in public works infrastructure projects for roadways, utilities, airports, and building construction. Rick applies his expertise to forensic casework involving civil engineering and the design, construction, and maintenance of roadways and intersections, traffic signalization, municipal engineering, and land development.
Rick started his post-graduate engineering career working on freeway and highway projects throughout California in a consulting engineering role. He has experience developing a diverse range of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), including preparing Plans, Specifications, and Estimate (PS&E), performing needed studies and overseeing contracts for street reconstruction, drainage, water and sewer line, and wastewater treatment projects.
As a city/municipal engineer, Rick focused much of his efforts on traffic engineering which included intersection and traffic signal design and construction, traffic signal maintenance, and traffic management on the public roads within his jurisdictions. As Trinity County’s DOT Director, Rick oversaw engineering, maintenance, and county road construction crews, as well as served as the Airport Manager, Road Commissioner, and Executive Secretary of the Transportation Commission. In this role, Rick also managed the Building, Planning, and Environmental Health Departments.
Rick earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus in Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer and Professional Traffic Engineer in the state of California. Rick has won several industry awards, and was awarded Life Membership of the County Engineers of Association California (CEAC) in 2021. Rick has been very active in helping establish and serving on the California Local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Committee and was also active on the committee evaluating Lane Departure Challenge Areas as identified in California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).
Rick proudly served for 21 years in Naval Aviation, retiring in 2003 with over 2,000 hours in the sky.