By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

DJ Gribbin, special assistant to President Donald Trump for infrastructure policy, is leaving to pursue “new opportunities,” a White House official said.  The timing for his departure was still unclear as of April 6.

Gribbin played a key role in developing the administration’s infrastructure plan, which was unveiled in February. In March, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and other administration officials appeared before congressional committees and at events around the country to begin promoting the plan, which would incentivize state, local and private stakeholders to spend as much as $1.5 trillion by providing $200 billion in federal dollars over 10 years.

The White House said that Gribbin will be replaced, and also downplayed media commentary that his departure signals a dead end for the infrastructure plan.

Last week, Trump said the package could be passed in one bill or in a series of measures. ARTBA continues pushing for a robust infrastructure program that includes a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix as its main component.