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DOT underestimates highway project costs by $3B

An audit of the state Department of Transportation has determined that the agency underfunded projects and did not allow for inflation and unexpected overages when pricing 16 major and ongoing road projects around the state, resulting in a total underestimation of nearly $3.1 billion, according to a story in The Capital Times.

The DOT also failed to follow its own plan to streamline operations in recent years, which could have saved millions, as well.

With a projected $1 million shortfall in the transportation fund and a Governor who has refused to increase the state’s gasoline tax, many lawmakers remain at odds with Gov. Scott Walker as to how to address the state’s declining road conditions.

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Jan 26, 2017 04:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Lots of people need to be fired for this....

Jan 31, 2017 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Are these additional costs a result of underfunding highway projects and extending how long they have taken to complete? Also, is there a breakdown of the projects that are "underestimated"? Walker was pretty budy-buddy with the road building contractors while running for his public offices. What's the chances these contractors are just jacking up their rates? I thought the "Right to work" laws would lower these project costs exponentially?! Where is this savings, Walker?!

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