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Internal Review Calls for DOT Changes

Posted October 3, 2007

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— The state Department of Transportation issued a status report Wednesday on an internal investigation. The DOT has faced criticism for troubled projects and inefficiency.

“We will focus more on outcomes rather than outputs, with greater visibility and accountability to the public,” Lyndo Tippett, state transportation secretary, said.

Tippett summarized the $3.5 million, taxpayer-funded internal review as the implementation of general common-sense themes: more accountability, better interagency collaboration and clearer priorities.

A survey of thousands of NCDOT workers revealed they want more focused management.

“We want to know, specifically, when we come to work what everybody's supposed to do,” Mark Foster, NCDOT’s chief financial officer, said.

DOT leaders learned they could save more than $40 million by buying less land to accommodate environmental restrictions.

The botched I-40 paving project that led to more than $20 million in cost overruns still stands as a hard lesson. Tippett said accountability for mistakes will run top to bottom.

“There will be several managers involved in that process in the future,” he said.

“We're not here just to shift boxes and pieces. We're here to make lasting change. That will have significant value to the state,” said Foster.

The NCDOT promised to institute fundamental change in the way it handles highway construction and maintenance.

“Congestion will get worse in years to come. How do we deal with it? That is what we're trying to address,” Tippett said.

Tippett said more efficiency at NCDOT could mean reassigning or laying off workers, but that is not the intent of the review.

Another decision for which NCDOT was criticized was the release of a state contract with consultant McKinsey & Company that had several blacked-out sections.

The governor ordered the document be released without secrets Wednesday.

Since the public is paying for it, a spokesman said they deserve to know the contract details.

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  • Lissa13082 Oct 5, 2007

    pbjbeach - do you work for DOT?????

  • pbjbeach Oct 4, 2007

    londonengland
    wake up you are in dream land again

  • taylor boy Oct 4, 2007

    How about ceasing growth until the roads catch up.

  • Lissa13082 Oct 4, 2007

    Deer Slayer2 - It's easy to talk about someone until you know them. That's like me saying that "deer slayers" are a bunch of morons. There are morons in every agency you work in, including some in DOT, but not as a general. Know who you're talking about before you make such ignorant remarks!

  • oMzziG Oct 4, 2007

    Let's see!!! For 3.5 million we got a report that makes upper management fell better about themselves for haveing the survey done. And tries to make the state employees think management gives a d__n about us. Haaah!!! Thats what we got for 3.5 million.

  • Bartmansan Oct 4, 2007

    Another example of DOT incompetence; Renaming the Highway so that the big trucks can use it. See link to the story at WRAL; What this will do is tear the road up so that we have to fix it again in a couple of years!

    http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/1888643/

    3.5 Million Dollars is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE for a report!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 4, 2007

    So Mr. Tippet please set the accountability example, show some leadership and resign from this position. Unfortunately, we can't sue you to get our money back that you wasted.

  • skypilot-not Oct 4, 2007

    3.5 mil? I could have told you DOT was a bunch of morons for 1 mil !!! btw if DOT wants to show some competence and good faith FOR A CHANGE fix that cluster %$@! at I-40 and 540...

  • PackWillEat Oct 4, 2007

    "So, what did we get exactly for our 3.5 million dollars? I didn't see the report!"

    On going report that started about 5 months ago and expected to take a year or more to complete.

  • Lissa13082 Oct 4, 2007

    londonengland - I am in the same situation as you and couldn't agree more

    joco cruiser - You work for DOT??? It's more like theres ONE person to do the job of THREE people.....

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