Audit: Price tag for highways skyrockets after DOT fails to account for inflation

The state underestimated by $3.8 billion the costs for major highway work completed over the past decade or still in progress, often because it failed to account for inflation in its estimates, according to a Legislative Audit Bureau review.
The audit also found the condition of state roads has deteriorated, slipping below the national average. What’s more, DOT could have achieved “considerable additional savings” if it had met agency goals.

The much anticipated audit comes as the Capitol wrestles with funding transportation needs in the upcoming budget. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed paring ...

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