Aug 16
"BOSTON (WWLP) - A new study says almost half of all road and bridge projects in Massachusetts are over budget and more than one third run past their completion date. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting's latest study finds that in the last four fiscal years, contractors added about $155 thousand extra workdays to their construction schedules. And billed the state over $350 million in overrun expenses on hundreds of road and bridge projects across the Commonwealth. Data from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation was compiled to determine the study's results. MassDOT officials said scheduling, changes to work orders and others factors likely contributed to the increased costs and delays. Rep. John Scibak (D) of South Hadley said, "I certainly think it's a problem, we saw it in Western Massachusetts with the delays in terms of the completion of the widening of Route 9 in Hadley a couple of years ago, a bridge over 91 in Easthampton. So my district's been directly affected by it...” View the full article.

Many road & bridge projects overbudget: