DOT commissioner Ralph Carpenter testified before the Transportation Committee today. From the AP:
The state Department of Transportation’s oversight of the outside inspector involved in a troubled $52 million I-84 construction project included mostly reviewing paperwork, the commissioner told state lawmakers Monday.
Ralph Carpenter said state staff were not physically watching over the operations.
“Maybe we should have been,” he told members of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, which questioned Carpenter about how hundreds of storm drains along a stretch of I-84 between Cheshire and Waterbury wound up defective. (AP)
A shortage of staff may have also contributed to the problem. That staff shortage probably led the DOT to contract out the inspection work to another private company, instead of using state staff.
“State DOT cooperating with various I-84 investigations.” Associated Press 22 January, 2007.