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Fri May 14, 2021, 06:26 AM

Idaho overpaid road builders millions for shoddy work. State says it won't happen anymore.


Asphalt cracks on the road in front of Idaho Transportation Department headquarters on State Street in Boise. (Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun)


Idaho has overpaid road builders for substandard work. For how long is unclear, but one estimate based on the Idaho Transportation Departmentís asphalt paving budget suggests it may have overpaid $4.3 million in a single year.

The apparently deficient material remains on Idaho roads. The state has not issued penalties, required contractors to repave the roads or demanded they return bonus payments. The same contractors whose asphalt quality was suspect continue to do the stateís construction work.

State transportation officials say Idaho has worked to patch major accountability gaps that allowed the overpayments.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed a transportation funding bill into law that will direct $80 million annually of Idaho sales taxes to transportation. The funds would allow Idaho to issue up to $1.6 billion in bond debt to pay for Idaho road construction.

Read more: https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/05/14/idaho-overpaid-road-builders/

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Reply Idaho overpaid road builders millions for shoddy work. State says it won't happen anymore. (Original post)
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Fri May 14, 2021, 06:32 AM

1. Should have

Used Union Trades.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 10:26 AM

2. Easy answer: Good ol boys, good ol boying.

Off topic but this is a well researched, well written article by a new and different news outlet, The Idaho Capitol Sun. I expect them to outshine Idaho's capital city daily, The Idaho Statesman, in this kind of reporting.

We recently closed our 40+ year subscription to the Statesman because of their declining content and quality. This article is a good example why.

Thanks for this eye-opening post, TT

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Fri May 14, 2021, 10:33 AM

3. Yes, I learned about the Idaho Capital Sun a couple

months ago and added their site into the database that e use for me my posts. I'm glad that some of the red states are getting better information on local affairs.

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Fri May 14, 2021, 10:36 AM

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