After Funding, Highway Projects Go Untracked

After the Big Dig, the most expensive highway projects are subject to more rules, but use of funds is largely up to the states, who may come back for more money pending planning and design issues that arise.

"Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez says his agency monitors highway programs through offices in each state. State transportation departments are responsible for managing highway and interstate projects, which are usually at least 80% federally funded. 'The buck stops with the state DOT,' Mendez said.

Kenneth Mead, former Transportation Department inspector general, wants states' performance tracked and posted online. 'Ultimately, if the feds are writing these checks, what comes with that is the responsibility to report on what use that money is being put to,' Mead said."

Full Story: Feds fund billions in road projects but don't track states' use of funds

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