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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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Here's a shock: PennDOT pays too much for crappy roads

PennDOT prefers to pay out millions rather than delay road projects. Why not? It's not their money.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) paid for at least $7.6 million in mistakes made by contractors in just one district near Pittsburgh, according to agency records obtained by the Tribune-Review.

The errors make highway work more expensive, often delaying jobs and keeping roads closed longer, the newspaper found.

"We could take every dispute to litigation, spend a huge amount in legal fees and toss project schedules out of the window," Dan Cessna, PennDOT District 11 executive, told the paper.

District 11 manages an annual portfolio of about $270 million in construction work. But magnify its mistakes by 12 state-wide (the number of PennDOT districts) and its easy to see why there are only two real seasons in Pennsylvania - winter and construction.
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